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CALL TO ACTION: Contact your MP to ask they support rights for migrant domestic workers

1. READ OUR OPEN LETTER – a call to the UK government to reinstate the original Overseas Domestic…

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Kalayaan client and survivor of slavery on why access to work is crucial to enable independence and sustainable freedom

In 2019, Kalayaan launched our campaign to let survivors of slavery work whilst their claims are under consideration…

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Stolen rights: it’s time to give migrant domestic workers their rights back

9 years after rights were stolen from migrant domestic workers in the UK, Kalayaan and The Voice of…

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Migrant domestic workers must not be forgotten in the fight to battle coronavirus

Kalayaan has been closely following government guidance with respect to the various provisions being introduced in response to…

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Tendering process for information meetings fails to empower workers and penalize exploitative employers

Last week the Home Office opened the tendering process inviting bids from organisations wishing to run the service…

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Kalayaan and experts publish minimum standards for ODW information meetings

In January 2018, the Home Office announced their proposed timeline for the implementation of information meetings for migrant…

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Help us reach out to more migrant domestic workers

Do you work with or provide support to migrant communities in the UK? Could you help us reach…

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Kalayaan backs campaign to ensure victims of modern slavery can live free for good

Kalayaan calls on the government to ensure that all recognised victims of human trafficking and modern slavery are…

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Campaigns

Kalayaan’s campaign and policy work is focused on reinstating the basic rights of migrant domestic workers which were removed in April 2012, tying domestic workers who have entered since this date to their employers. This makes it impossible in practise for migrant domestic workers to assert any rights as, without the right to resign or to leave their employment, they have no bargaining power at all in what is already a vastly unequal employment relationship.

Abuse reported to Kalayaan by workers who have registered with us since April 2012 make it clear that the removal of the rights to change employer not only destroys the chances of migrant domestic workers to access justice once they have escaped abuse. The fact that workers are tied to their employer with no option to leave also results in a worsening of treatment in employment, particularly in restrictions of freedoms.

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CALL TO ACTION: Contact your MP to ask they support rights for migrant domestic workers

1. READ OUR OPEN LETTER – a call to the UK government to reinstate the original Overseas Domestic…

Read here

 

Kalayaan client and survivor of slavery on why access to work is crucial to enable independence and sustainable freedom

In 2019, Kalayaan launched our campaign to let survivors of slavery work whilst their claims are under consideration…

Read here

 

Stolen rights: it’s time to give migrant domestic workers their rights back

9 years after rights were stolen from migrant domestic workers in the UK, Kalayaan and The Voice of…

Read here

 

Dignity, not destitution: the impact of differential rights of work for migrant domestic workers referred to the National Referral Mechanism

Ahead of Anti-Slavery Day 2019, Kalayaan has produced new research which examines the impact of the denial of…

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Government risk undermining claim to be world leaders in combatting trafficking and protecting victims

Long term care and support for victims of trafficking is inadequate in the UK but our government could…

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Kalayaan backs campaign to ensure victims of modern slavery can live free for good

Kalayaan calls on the government to ensure that all recognised victims of human trafficking and modern slavery are…

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Overseas Domestic Workers left in the dark by the Immigration Act 2016

As the latest Immigration Bill passed through parliament, the government acknowledged that Overseas Migrant Domestic Workers remain an…

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Independent reviewer calls for an urgent end to the tied visa system for migrant domestic workers

Kalayaan is delighted that James Ewins’ independent review of the Overseas Domestic Worker visa, released today calls for…

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We made the Liberty Human Rights Award 2015 Shortlist

In recognition of the importance of the struggle of migrant domestic workers to regain their basic rights Kalayaan…

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Write to your MP asking them to keep protections for migrant domestic workers in the Modern Slavery Bill

Please write to your MP asking them to support the continued inclusion of protections for migrant domestic workers…

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Case Study 1: Trafficked

‘Regina’ (not her real name) was brought to the UK by an employer to work in their private…

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Case Study 2: Escaped But Failed

Mira (names and identifying features have been changed) ‘Mira’ was waiting outside Kalayaan in tears with a small…

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Case Study 3: Domestic Servitude

 KALAYAAN case id: 3294 Susi (name and identifying details have been changed) came to the UK from Qatar…

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Case Study 4: No Justice

Kalayaan client ID 3465 Case Study ‘Rupa’ (name and identifying details have been changed)  Rupa arrived at Kalayaan…

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Case Study 5: Rights, Justice and Rebuilding Lives

Sara- original ODW visa case study   Sara, an Indian national, was bought to the UK from Kuwait…

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Revealed: just 7% of trafficking victims…

Government accused of failing those at risk of falling back into traffickers’ hands in hom…

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Let asylum seekers work in UK, migratio…

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) said the government should release evidence backing m…

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Asylum seekers will still not be allowed…

Long-awaited assessment concludes asylum work ban must be maintained to ‘reduce pull facto…

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How the UK’s new borders bill could hi…

The Borders Bill “represents a continuing trend from the British government of conflat…

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