HELP for Domestic Workers is a charity established in 1989, empowering migrant domestic workers to gain access to justice and receive fair as well as equal treatment under the law in Hong Kong. Our model is to empower migrant domestic workers through advice, assistance and education. We understand their individual needs in a non-judgemental manner and support those who need it. We recognise that our beneficiaries often need a holistic solution so we not only provide advice on legal questions, but case counselling, education on rights and responsibilities, outreach services, emergency shelter, and mental wellbeing support.
HELP also provides a space for employers to seek advice on domestic workers’ rights and entitlements. We believe that sustainable change can only be made by working together with both domestic workers and employers.
We envisage a strong and prosperous society in Hong Kong where all migrant domestic workers are treated fairly, their legal rights are ensured, and that they are valued for the contribution that they make as employees to society.
To ensure that migrant domestic workers gain access to justice and receive fair and equal treatment under the law. Our commitment is to work impartially with both migrant domestic workers and employers to achieve this.
In 1989, James Collins, a barrister from Wales and a worshipping member of St. John’s Cathedral, offered a sympathetic ear to the problems of domestic workers in Hong Kong. He and other lawyers started to provide free advice to the domestic workers on Sundays. Soon, they were overwhelmed as the demand for their assistance grew, and the Cathedral provided a small office for them to work from. James was compassionate and caring and an accomplished barrister. James passed away in 2016 and his legacy lives on at HELP for Domestic Workers (formerly known as Helpers for Domestic Helpers until 2017). Until January 2022, HELP was affiliated to St.John’s Cathedral and one of their outreach initiatives.
What We Do
HELP’s primary mission is to support migrant domestic workers to gain access to justice and receive fair and equal treatment under the law.
We believe that sustainable change can only be achieved by engaging domestic workers and employers to build mutually beneficial relationships. HELP’s service model is based on the three primary pillars: awareness & education, advice & assistance, and empowerment & peer support.
Through our programmes, we aim to not only bridge the gap between domestic workers and employers but also create pathways for access to justice for both parties.