We work closely with the Ministry of Manpower, Immigration authorities, and the various foreign embassies to ensure the wellbeing of workers. We assist workers to file complaints at the various government ministries and embassies. This includes the Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons. We also have regular dialogue sessions with various government agencies and embassies to raise issues of concern.
HOME has developed business partnerships in response to the growing CSR movement of encouraging businesses to be responsible corporate citizens. Among our business partnerships are The Body Shop (TBS), the Macquarie Group and Deutsche Bank. The Body Shop has been our partner in the global STOP Sex Trafficking programme together with UN Women and ECPAT. We also work with law firms such as Hoh Law Corporation, and TSMP Law Corporation to provide legal assistance to our workers.
HOME has developed strategic partnerships with other NGOs on the prevention and protection of the victims of human trafficking, labour and sexual exploitation. Working other NGOs gives us the strength of purpose when we advocate for better policies and laws regulating migration. Among our partners are UN Women, AWARE, SCWO, TWC2, Health Serve, Silver Ribbon, Justice Without Borders, The Singapore Law Society and others. Our partners serve as our resource pool and mentors to benefit the workers we assist.
Philippines – Spirit of HOME Scalabrini Inc.
For decades, Filipino Domestic Workers working in Singapore are victims of contract substitution. In 2012, we started collaborating with our cross border partner in the Philippines, Spirit of HOME Scalabrini Inc. or SOHO to file complaints at the POEA office in Manila. SOHO also provides shelter to returning Filipino migrants.
Indonesia – Yayasan Dunia Viva Wanita
Yayasan Dunia Viva Wanita (YDVW) is our cross border partner in Batam, Indonesia. In collaboration with YDVW, our Batam Sex Worker research project was conducted. YDVW also coordinated our Batam Radio Talk Shows for our HIV & AIDS educational outreach and a study trip for participants from HOME and DSC (Department of STI Control).Regional networks – HOME is a member of the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), Caram Asia and LINK MTP, a network of NGOs in ASEAN focused on cross border case referrals.
HOME has also developed partnerships with institutions by providing students the opportunity to do community service projects among our needy migrant workers under our care. We have worked with Junior Colleges and Tertiary Institutions.
Some of the institutions we work with include:
- Raffles Institution
- National University of Singapore
- Nanyang Technological Uiversity
- Singapore Management University
Among the International Schools in Singapore, United World College of South East Asia has been working for more than 6 years providing our shelter women with learning programmes, such as, baking, cooking, English language, computers and outdoor games. International School of Singapore (ISS) and the Chinese International School (CNIS) opens its classroom facilities for us every other Sunday for our HOME Academy where courses are conducted for migrant domestic workers.