Justice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: refugees, other people seeking protection, and survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour..
Justice Centre is the only non-profit organisation in Hong Kong that provides vital legal and psychosocial services to refugees, alongside advocating with and for forced migrants, bringing their voices into the public debate. We campaign for legislative and policy change, conduct research and work with the media and civil society to fight root causes and change systems and minds.
This is a unique programme for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a human rights setting, with coaching by our staff and an opportunity to develop the skills and experience they need as they start the process of applying for university courses.
Through the intensive programme, Young Advocates get involved in all areas of our work, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Places are limited in order to enable us to offer a tailored programme to each Young Advocate and for our staff to dedicate time to mentoring and coaching them.
YAP is open to select students who have Hong Kong residency and are aged between 15 – 18 years old. Young Advocates should have a keen interest in human rights law, NGO management and refugee rights. The programme is aimed at students interested in a career in law, human rights, government, social policy, or NGO management generally.
“I felt that with every legal task that I performed, I was able to make a small difference; in helping out with the testimonies and providing research to support each refugee’s claims, I was slowly helping the caseworkers to build and strengthen cases for refugees that could ultimately help them acquire safety and a fresh start in their lives.” ~ Sabrina, Summer 2015
“The work I have been involved in this past month has made me realise the gravity of the human rights violations. It angered me to discover how much governments play a part in the suffering of their civilians. In many countries, the state is almost unable to protect its people, even being the perpetrators of these crimes in many circumstances. These incidents only emphasise the importance of the law and how essential it is to ensure justice and protection of every individual human being. It has reminded me of why I want to be a law student and uphold these moral standards.” ~ Terri, summer 2014
Applications for YAP are now closed for the summer 2016 programme. Details of the Summer 2017 will be available in December 2016. Please contact Zamira Monteiro at firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries or go to www.justicecentre.org.hk/yap
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