foto yakarta blogHuman trafficking and female migrant workers are burning issues in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. In April PGI (Communion of Churches in Indonesia) invited crucial actors to a three-day meeting in Jakarta. Church representatives from different regions of Indonesia, governmental staff and NGO-activists attended the meeting. Furthermore Indonesian migrants reported on their personal experiences as domestic workers in Singapore – from the recruitment process to the daily working life to their return to Indonesia. The speakers impressed with a profound knowledge about the causes of migration and the challenges and risks female migrants face abroad and at home. Even though there exist a few initiatives and projects supporting migrants, all participants agreed on the necessity of strengthening and coordinating the common commitment off all actors. One important task is to raise awareness within churches and among the general public and – of course – to engage in advocacy on all levels.