Innovative Approaches to Migrant Worker Advocacy


Friday, December 1, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Harvard Law School, WCC 3018

A talk with Mervat Jumhawee, El Hassan Workers’ Center (Jordan)
JJ Rosenbaum, Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, will moderate the event.

Join us for a conversation on migrant workers’ rights in Jordan’s garment sector in the free trade zones with Mervat Jumhawee, Advocacy Officer for the El Hassan Workers’ Center. [Download Flyer]

Founded in 2012, the El Hassan Workers’ Center has a mission of working with multiple stakeholders to connect workers with health and recreational services; empower workers with knowledge about their legal rights; and equip them with tools and resources to organize and advocate for those rights.

The garment industry in Jordan’s free trade zones represents 19% of Jordan’s total exports, employing more than 65,000 workers annually and exceeding $1.6 billion. Seventy-five percent of the majority women workers in the free trade zones are foreign workers on temporary visas from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, and other countries. Ms. Jumhawee will discuss the Workers’ Center’s innovative approaches to ensure the ILO’s core labor standards for all workers in the sector and to prevent migration status from becoming an obstacle to enforcing migrant workers’ rights at work and in the recruitment process.

This event is sponsored by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, Harvard Immigration Project, Harvard Law Student Advocates for Human Rights, Islamic Legal Studies Program, Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, and the Middle East Law Students Association.


See also: Forum/Lecture, LWP, 2018