Center for Migrant Advocacy

CMA was set up in 2002 by a group of current and former Philippine migrants in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, United States and the Netherlands, together with migrant and human rights advocates.

Migrant domestic workers (MDWs) and their families are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation because of the nature of their work which is unregulated and is confronted by illegal recruitment, human trafficking and other exploitative and abusive conditions. Migrant workers need sufficient information and confidence to assert their rights and take government to task. This basic need for knowledge and information on migration realities, processes and being immediate members of the community, has to begin at the local level. Migrant domestic workers need accessible and migrant-sensitive local help desks to claim redress, as well as national and international level advocacy to voice their problems and needs so that responsive policies and programs are put in place.

The project with AWO International intends for an impact wherein the vulnerability of MDWs and families to exploitation and abuse is reduced. The project has a nationwide scope, working with select provinces, municipalities, and barangays throughout Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. Activities are guided by three intended outcomes namely: “local migrant help desks provide services to MDWs, jobseekers and their families”; “National policies, laws and regulations for the protection of migrant domestic workers and their families are strengthened and implemented” and; “The concerns of Philippine MDWs are elevated to international platforms and responded to by the international community”.




Project information

Title: Strengthening Capacities for the Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers (MDW) and their Families

Implementation areas: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao (Philippines)

Target Group: Local migrant organizations and grassroots groups, government personnel


- Capacitating local migrant help desks

- Strengthening and implementing national policies

- Advocacy on international platforms

Implementation period: 2018-2020

Budget: 72,500 € p.a.

Donor: German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)



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Center for Migrant Advocacy

106 CRM Building III (Unit 205)
Kamias Road, 1102 Quezon City
Telephone: +632 990-5140