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Still in the dark, still disempowered

Today marks 12 months since changes were made to the immigration rules for migrant domestic workers. These changes…

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Training from Kalayaan : Migrant domestic workers, their rights as workers and as victims of modern slavery – 9 February 2017

Location: London Address: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HS Date: Tuesday 9 February 2017…

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Kalayaan attends launch of Independent Anti Slavery Commissioner’s Annual Report

On 12 October 2016, the Commissioner released his first annual report (for the period 1 August 2015 –…

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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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The Independent Review of the Overseas Domestic Worker Visa – A Panel Discussion

On 9 February 2016, James Ewins presented the main findings of his Independent Review of the Overseas Domestic…

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The right to change employer- used by those who need it

Migrant domestic workers who accompanied an employer to the UK to work in their private household before the…

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Appendix 7 of the Immigration Rules – section 12, Healthcare

There is no longer a requirement that an employer needs to take out private health insurance for the…

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Freshfields secures £300,000 for trafficking victim – Protracted case highlights difficulties of enforcing judgements

Freshfields has secured over £300,000 for a recognised victim of human trafficking from South Asia who was exploited…

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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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Still in the dark, still disempowered

Today marks 12 months since changes were made to the immigration rules for migrant domestic workers. These changes…

Read here

 

Training from Kalayaan : Migrant domestic workers, their rights as workers and as victims of modern slavery – 9 February 2017

Location: London Address: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HS Date: Tuesday 9 February 2017…

Read here

 

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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Lords vote to protect migrant domestic workers

An important amendment to include vital protections for migrant domestic workers has been voted into the Modern Slavery…

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Do you want to end the tying of domestic workers to their employers?

ITV’s Exposure programme ‘Britain’s Secret Slaves’ shown on the 19th January 2015 highlights the real impacts of tying…

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Migrant domestic workers; the gap in the Modern Slavery Bill

The Modern Slavery Bill is currently going through the House of Lords. Committee Stage consideration of the Modern Slavery…

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Our Story – The Experience of Migrant Domestic Workers

This moving film was made in 2010 by migrant domestic workers advocacy group Kalayaan and Justice 4 Domestic…

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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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Thousands of staff brought to the UK by…

Government policy has exposed thousands of domestic workers to slavery, abuse and traffickin…

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Abuse of foreign maids linked to domesti…

Britain’s domestic worker visa scheme contributes to a system of modern day slavery by tyi…

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UK visa policy ‘increasing abuse’ of…

Tied visas that restrict domestic workers to one employer and limit their stay in the UK hav…

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Couple jailed after keeping man as a sla…

Ofonime Sunday Inuk, now 40, was brought from Nigeria to Britain in 1989 by couple who force…

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