In Lebanon, forced labour and human trafficking is often linked to an
ineffective migration policy that makes migrant workers particularly vulnerable
to exploitation. To better understand the obstacles preventing migrant
domestic workers from having access to justice in Lebanon, the International
Labour Office and CLMC recently launched an ambitious research program.
This initiative aims at issuing recommendations to improve the protection
of victims and their ability to seek and obtain compensation through
judicial institutions. Based on qualitative research, the project analyzes the
effectiveness of available remedies and provides Lebanese policymakers with
technical assistance to make justice more accessible to migrant workers. More
than 730 cases of domestic workers recorded by CLMC as well as the ensuing
court cases were analyzed in order to highlight the development of case law
as well as the legal, procedural and institutional challenges facing workers.