Conference Keynote: Challenges of Migrant Workers Protection in ASEAN

Lecture | April 27 | 6:15-7:15 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Anis Hidayah, Founder, Migrant Care (Indonesia)

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, Asian Institute, University of Toronto

Originally from East Java, Indonesia, Anis Hidayah began advocating for migrant workers in 1995 while studying at Jember University. She founded Migrant Care, a non-profit organization for Indonesians working abroad, in 2004, with an advocacy emphasis on policy change at the national and regional level and on redressing human rights abuses of overseas workers. She has been a particular advocate for Indonesian overseas workers on death row in Saudi Arabia. Her work in this area was also instrumental in supporting Mary Jane Veloso, a domestic worker from the Philippines who was sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug smuggling, but who received a last-minute stay of execution in 2015. Veloso’s case, extensively covered in the press in Indonesia and the Philippines, highlighted the vulnerability of overseas domestic workers to pressures from recruiters linked to criminal syndicates. Anis Hidayah received an Alison Les Forges award from Human Rights Watch in 2011 and Indonesia’s prestigious Yap Thiam Hien award for human rights in 2014. She is currently head of Migrant Care’s Migration Study Center (Pusat Studi Migrasi) based in Jakarta. She is presenting the keynote speech for the CSEAS conference "Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia"., 510-642-3609