“Immigration Detention and Vulnerable Migrants in Hong Kong” Research Methodology Sharing Series

“Immigration Detention and Vulnerable Migrants in Hong Kong” in the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong is a 3-year project to evaluate the immigration detention system in Hong Kong in relation to vulnerable migrants, including refugees, migrant domestic workers, and victims of trafficking. The project utilizes interdisciplinary and socio-legal methods to conduct the inquiry, including in-depth interviews with detainees.

The interview can be a sensitive and emotional process. In this talk, we will share our practices in minimising potential risks to interviewees, interpreters and researchers. We will share the measures we put in place to protect the mental health of interviewees. We will also discuss the training the research team undertook on interviewing vulnerable individuals, and the trainings we delivered for interpreters on interpreters’ ethics and secondary trauma. Finally, we will touch on the measures we took to ensure researchers maintained healthy boundaries when facing deeply affecting subject matter.

For more information about the research project, please visit the project website: https://immigrationdetentionhk.net/

Date: 13 March 2023 (Monday)
Time: 1800 – 2000
Location: 16/F, Chun Wo Commercial Centre, No. 23-29 Wing Wo Street, Central
Language: English
Format: In-person (25 quota)

About the Speakers:

Surabhi Chopra is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong and heads the “Immigration Detention and Vulnerable Migrants in Hong Kong” research project. She researches the regulation of migration, national security laws, and sectarian violence in Asia.

Raquel Amador is a researcher and civil society advocate with a special interest in refugee and migrants’ rights. Thirteen years ago, she co-founded Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre (now Justice Centre), an organisation that assists refugees and torture claimants. She has also worked at HELP, an NGO that assists domestic workers on cases involving employment, forced labour and human trafficking.

Dr. Sin Chi Lo is a researcher and community organiser interested in promoting the rights of women and ethnic minorities. Her research interests primarily lie in migration, citizenship, as well as social movements in everyday life and transnational contexts. She is the co-founder of “Translate for Her”, an NGO that facilitates equal access of information for ethnic minority women in Hong Kong and fosters cross-cultural community.

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Research Project Introduction: Immigration Detention in Hong Kong

The project began in July 2020 and will run through June 2023. This will be the first detailed study of immigration detention in Hong Kong, and will add significantly to comparative analysis of immigration detention in East Asia.

The team, Prof. Surabhi Chopra, Raquel Amador and Chloe Fung from the Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong, examines the functioning and effects of immigration detention law, policy and practice, with a focus on survivors of torture, victims of human trafficking, and low-income migrant workers.

Based upon their findings, they develop actionable, evidence-based guidelines for improving the system.

This project is funded by the Research Impact Fund of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, which operates under the University Grants Committee (UGC).

For more information, see Immigration Detention in Hong Kong.

Professor Karen Joe Laidler: Killing in the name of the war on drugs

Editorial of the special section of the International Journal of Drug Policy, by our Centre Director Professor Karen Joe Laidler.
The Asian region is marked by a high number of killings that are carried out in the name of the war on drugs. Several countries retain the death penalty for drug offences, and there are also numerous extra-judicial killings of people who use drugs, especially in the Philippines. This special section of the International Journal of Drug Policy will build on work presented at the first Asian regional meeting of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, where several papers on such killings were presented.

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