Arunodhaya Migrant Initiatives (Ami) (formerly Migrant Forum) was established in the year 1998, with the focus to address the issues arising out of labour and undocumented migration, the organization looks at migration from the perspective of 3D (Dirty, Difficult and Dangerous) conditions in which most migrant workers work. It also addresses the issues of trafficking and growing feminization of migration particularly the domestic workers. AMI believes that ‘Forced Labour’ is trafficking. The AMI has a special emphasis on health issues particularly the vulnerability of the migrant workers to HIV/AIDS. We strongly oppose the ‘Mandatory Testing’ of migrant workers for various health conditions without their knowledge in both sending and destination countries.
PROTECTING MIGRANT WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AGAINST ABUSE, DISCRIMINATION, TRAFFICKING AND HIV/AIDS
- To protect and promote the rights of the migrant workers and their families
- To organize the migrants at the community level for community based interventions such as Pre-migration, Pre-Departure, Returnees Reintegration and Spouses Programme.
- To empower the migrant workers, spouses and their communities to fight against HIV/AIDS
- To network with government and non-governmental organizations inside and outside India for the protection of migrant workers against deportation, discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance and mandatory testing.
- To document the happenings to the migrant workers in the destination countries through the annual publication of the ‘State of the Migrants’ and to undertake research on Foreign Migrant Domestic workers.
- To lobby with the government for signing international convention and to work for a more migrant-friendly legislation to protect the rights of the migrant workers and their families.
ABOUT AMI PROGRAMMES
Advocacy And Lobbying
There are different stakeholders in the process of migration. The role of the State in the process of migration in India is both direct and indirect. The AMI works closely with the office of the PoE (Protector of Emigrants) in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) in evolving a pre-departure programme and to initiate a dialogue with the officials of the labour department for an amendment to the Emigration Act of 1983. AMI also works with the NACO (National AIDS Control Organization) and TANSACS (Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society) to bring their notice constantly the migrant population and their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. The AMI also works with National Human Rights Commission urging them to take up the abuses perpetrated against Migrant workers in the destination countries. National Consultations are being organized regularly with the stake holders, UN agencies, government departments, academics and other Non Governmental Organizations.
At the Regional level AMI is a partner CARAM Asia (Coordination of Action Research on AIDS and Mobility) based in Kualalumpur Malaysia-CARAM Asia is committed to the ongoing development of information, interventions and partnerships with migrant workers in the struggle against HIV/AIDS. CARAM’s thrust is to develop continuous information through participatory Action Research with migrants and their communities at all stages of migration. CARAM’s strengths are action research, community based interventions, advocacy, regional network and partners in most of the sending and receiving countries in Asia.
CARAM ASIA SECRETARIATE
8th Floor, Wisma MLS, 31, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-26970708 / 26970219
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