Appointment of New Associate Director

The Centre for Criminology (the “Centre”) is pleased to announce that Dr. Julie Ham (“Dr. Ham”) has been appointed as an Associate Director of the Centre with effect from 1st September 2021.

Dr. Ham’s research is grounded in ongoing engagement with community-based organizations and international networks working for migrant rights, sex worker rights and social change. She has published on domestic work, sex work, anti-trafficking, gender and migration, feminist participatory action research, and activist efforts by trafficking survivors, sex workers and domestic workers. Prior to joining the Department of Sociology, Julie worked with the Border Crossing Observatory (Monash University), the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) and with community-based research projects and organizations in Canada, working with sex workers, immigrant and refugee communities, women substance users, low-income urban communities, and anti-violence organisations.

Her recent research explores knowledge production and cultural production by migrants in Hong Kong through participatory and visual methodologies. For more information, see Mobile Methodologies and Migrant Knowledges.

4th Asian Migrant Workers Summit

Organised by our centre fellow Dr. Julie Ham, leaders from Asian migrant organizations in Hong Kong and Macau gathered to discuss the current situation of migrants in Hong Kong and to define strategies to defend migrants’ rights. Panelists will present on the United Nations Global Compact for Migration and the impact of neoliberal development agendas on the situation of migrant workers in Hong Kong and Macau.

Presentations by the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (ACMB),  the Asia-Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM), the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and the International Migrants Alliance  (IMA) will be followed by an open forum to formulate a plan of advocacy, education and action.

A Public Dialogue with Komnas Perempuan, the National Commission on Women and Children (Indonesia)

The Indonesian Government is in the process of revising Law No. 39 on the Deployment and Placement of Overseas Indonesian Workers. There are plans to approve the revised law soon, despite a lack of meaningful participation of overseas Indonesian workers in the process. In addition, the revisions still fail to recognise the basic rights of migrant workers and their families stipulated under the UN Convention on Migrant Workers and Their Families (1990).

​Ms Sri Nurherwati from Komnas Perempuan or the National Commission on Women and Children (Indonesia) will discuss the progress of the revisions to Law No. 39 and the international rights of migrants to the Indonesian migrant domestic worker community in Hong Kong.