We provide free advice and assistance to domestic workers in Hong Kong. Our aim is to help you understand and pursue your rights.
Since the 1980s, we have worked to ensure that Hong Kong is a fair and just place for every domestic worker irrespective of race, nationality or religion. We advocate without a political agenda but encourage social change through the development and protection of migrant workers and their rights.
We envisage a world in which all migrant domestic helpers are free from exploitation, are treated with dignity and are able to work in a safe environment with a just wage.
HELP for Domestic Workers, originally called Helpers for Domestic Helpers, is an outreach programme at St John's Cathedral that was formed in Hong Kong in 1989 by a group of lawyers who worshipped at the cathedral, where Filipino domestic workers are a substantial part of the congregation. The founders recognised a widespread need for free legal counselling and practical assistance for domestic workers, who could seldom afford the professional services of a private lawyer.
The work began informally, with Sunday clinics, where domestic workers could receive free advice on how to resolve their problems. The operation soon became full time, operated by a small core of dedicated staff as the demand for HELP's services increased beyond the capacity of just a few volunteers.