Established in 2000, the Human Rights and Development Foundation aims to support development that protects human rights and promotes the sustainable use of natural resources in Thailand.
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In their 2019-2020 project, the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF) aims to promote the legal rights of migrant workers and instigate positive systems change through strategic litigation work. It will continue to provide vital legal representation, case monitoring and capacity building support to the Lawyers’ Network it formed in its 2015-2018 project. Connections will be built between the Lawyers’ Network and local civil society organisations through field visits and two workshops. HRDF will also co-host one lessons-learned meeting with SR Law and produce policy recommendations related to handling trafficking and forced labour cases.
This grant aims to address the use of Strategic Litigation against Public Participation (SLAPP) lawsuits against human rights defenders and whistle-blowers in Thailand in cases of forced labour and slavery. Research will examine existing domestic and international law and polices related to SLAPP training to public-interest lawyers in the HRDF network.
Through this grant, the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF) will continue the Anti-Labor Trafficking Project (ALT), providing vital legal representation for migrant workers, case monitoring, capacity building, and developing a lawyer network over the next three years.
HRDF will monitor and carefully scrutinise the progress of landmark labour exploitation cases, both criminal and civil, as in addition, play a role in addressing these issues by coordinating and collaborating with various government agencies to improve efforts for the effective prevention and suppression of human trafficking. Furthermore, the ALT project also provides advice, assistance and representation to survivors of human trafficking.