Who We Are
Vision and Mission Statement of the APMM
We envision a strong movement of migrants of different nationalities in Asia Pacific and Middle East (APME), actively defending their rights, advancing solidarity with people’s movements in the countries where they are working, and linking up with their people’s movements in their home countries.
The Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) is a registered non-profit limited company with charitable status in Hong Kong and was founded in 1984 as a regional research, advocacy, and movement building organization for the Asia Pacific and Middle East (APME) regions.
In the 30 years since its founding, APMM has adapted to the changing times while still maintaining its purpose; to serve those who migrate to other countries in search of a better life. APMM supports the migrant movement through advocacy, organizing and building partnership and solidarity for the advancement of migrants’ rights and welfare
APMM assisted and contributed to the establishment of grassroots migrants formations in our focus areas (Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar) and working closely with various organizations in some major sending countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh and Vietnam) including other institutions and grassroots organizations outside of the Asia Pacific region which led to the formation of MIGRANTE International, the global alliance of Filipino migrants organizations.
APMM is currently the secretariat of International Migrants Alliance, AMMORE or Action Network for Marriage Migrants Rights and Empowerment and the United for Foreign Domestic Workers Network (UFDWR).
The APMM has several thematic and cross-thematic programs:
- Development and Forced Migration
- Marriage Migrants
- Undocumented Migrants
- Domestic Work as Work
- Migrant Unionism
1. Advocacy and Organizing
The APMM conducts a comprehensive advocacy program to help in the establishment and strengthening of migrant workers’ organizations, especially in APMM’s focus areas. This encompasses the mission, network building and linkaging efforts of the APMM. Incorporated here is the internship program that the APMM continues to develop in partnership with schools and institutions. Interns and volunteers are welcome to participate and help in understanding more about labor migration and contributing to the advocacy work of the APMM.
2. Education and Research
The APMM seeks to raise the migrant workers’ consciousness and capacities as well as encourage the growth of their own organizations. Research serves as an important part in the overall education, awareness and advocacy initiatives of APMM. In addition to research, the program releases its monthly newsletter News Digest, the Migrant Monitor, and other publicity materials.
3. Faith Partnership and Solidarity
Faith Partnership and Solidarity aims to pave the way for an active engagement among different faith communities on issues and concerns of migration through various forms of ministries and programs. The program helped establish the Interfaith Network for the Rights of Migrants (INFORM), a network of faith communities gathered to help and work with migrants.
4. Women’s Program
The APMM gives primary emphasis to its women’s program as almost two thirds of migrant workers are women and organizing work needs to be sensitized to women’s concerns in conjunction with migrant workers’ rights
What We Do
The APMM has led and participated in various campaigns promoting rights of migrants and their families. In this, the institution has conducted researches, some of which are:
- The condition and laws regarding migrant worker across the APME region, but specifically in our home base of Hong Kong.
- Analysis of policies affecting marriage migrants in host countries.
- The effects that international policy making organizations such as the Global Forum on Migration and Development and United Nations High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development, etc. have on the migrant population in the APME region.
- The Kafala system in the Middle East and how its policies lead to the exploitation and often endangerment of migrant workers.
The APMM also provides welfare assistance to migrant workers irrespective of their nationalities in the Asia Pacific and Middle East Region in the form of: a) legal assistance; b) counseling; and c) referrals or coordinating migrant cases and issues with partner agencies, churches and organizations in the Asia Pacific and Middle East countries.
We develop partnerships to advance migrants’ causes by: a) working with various faith groups, service institutions, grassroots sectoral organizations, human rights groups and universities, etc. to work towards a common goal of basic human rights; b) having partners in South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia; and c) being actively involved in regional and global networking that aims to advance migrants’ causes and strengthen the migrant movement.
Regional Board of Directors
Rev. Corazon Abugan, United Church of Christ in the Philippines (Chairperson); Melville TC Boase, Solicitor, Hong Kong (Treasurer); Cynthia Caridad Abdon-Tellez, Manager, Mission for Migrant Workers – Hong Kong (Secretary)
(Members) Atty. Erlich Barraquias, Lawyer, Philippines; Fr. Cyril Ortega, SVD, President, Divine Word College – Abra, Philippines; Prof. Hsia, Hsiao-Chuan, PhD., Graduate School for Social Transformation Studies – Shih Hsin University, Taiwan; Ms. Kay Ikezumi, Nippon Sei Ko Kai, Japan; Mr. Garry Martinez, Chairperson, MIGRANTE International, Philippines; Ms. Dolores Balladares-Pelaez, Chairperson, United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK); Ms. Joy Sison, former Executive Director, Asia Pacific Mission for Migrant Filipinos (APMMF); Mr. Ramon Bultron, Managing Director, Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants
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