Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon do not enjoy protection under Lebanese labor laws, meaning they can easily become isolated and vulnerable to exploitation. This loophole in legal protection, mixed with gender-based and racial discrimination, has led to an unacceptable number of migrant worker deaths. Human Rights Watch estimates that an average of one migrant domestic workers dies in Lebanon every week, mostly from suicide or while attempting to escape abusive employers. Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon also routinely experience confiscation of identity documents and restrictions on freedom of movement and communications.
Migrant Workers Task Force (MWTF) is a grassroots volunteer organization that leads initiatives for better treatment and social advancement of the migrant worker community in Lebanon. MWTF aims to provide a space for Lebanon’s migrant worker communities to develop professionally through grassroots-led initiatives and in collaboration with various organizations focused on migrant worker issues.
In 2015, MWTF merged with Anti-Racism Movement (ARM), a local NGO led by young activists in Lebanon in collaboration with migrant community leaders. ARM coordinates three community centers for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, located in Achrafieh, Saida, and Jounieh. Many volunteers from MWTF and ARM were already working together on different activities and initiatives since the inception of both organizations. Since 2015, and after most MWTF coordinators had to leave Beirut for study/work, the two organizations joined efforts, and all classes and activities in Hamra previously coordinated by MWTF have been coordinated by the ARM team. MWTF is not currently active, and this site will no longer be updated. For more information, please visit http://www.armlebanon.org or contact our colleagues via firstname.lastname@example.org.