Policy Advocacy

MAP lobbies both other NGOs and the government to better address the needs of migrants. Working within networks such as the Northern Labour Network (NLN, an organization composed of sixteen local Thai and migrant labour groups), MAP ensured the domestic workers’ issues be included in movement vision.

Advocacy days are organized with groups like the NLN. In 2016, activities included a May Day (International Labour Day) on May 1st, International Domestic Workers Day on June 16th, and International Migrants Day on December 18th, activities that included hundreds of participants.

Additionally, MAP is one of the civil society representatives that serves on government advisory committee in dealing with migrant issues. In Mae Sot, MAP is part of quarterly multi-stakeholder meetings to coordinate activities and gain a more holistic understanding of migrants’ needs. Agencies and organizations involved include the Department of Human Welfare and Social Protection Office, the Suwwanimit Foundation, ALC, and several others. Past lobby efforts have included sending postcards to demonstrate the number of domestic workers to the Ministry of Labour and fight for legislation to guarantee domestic workers the right to one paid day of leave every week.

Lastly, MAP is an active participant in the international migrants’ rights community, attending the international conferences in countries such as Laos and Bangladesh annually. MAP also contributes to international research on the social dimension of the migrant experience, helping to collect data, write, and edit the report “Permanently Temporary: Examining the Impact of Social Exclusion on Mekong Migrants” (available on the website of the Mekong Migration Network).

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