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PathFinders at LegCo

Linny Ng at LegCo

PathFinders has had a busy time collaborating with LegCo members and the administration at several recent public consultations.

We participate to ensure that the voices of the babies, children and women we serve are heard and considered.

Ruth Jackson and Luna Chan stood up for the otherwise voiceless babies PathFinders helps at a recent panel on Child Welfare services.

Our Legal Intern, Linny Ng, spoke at LegCo about the UN Convention Against Torture.

Linny has been with PathFinders for the last year. We wish her all the best this September when she goes to law school at London’s LSE on a scholarship!

Read our submissions

Ruthluna@legco


PathFinders is published in a book

gender violence and the state in Asia

With thanks to Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Law Faculty and the editorial skills of Amy Barrow and Joy L. Chia, June saw the launch of “Gender, Violence and the State in Asia” (2016 – Routledge).

PathFinders’ chapter is called “PathFinders: Supporting Pregnant Migrant Domestic Workers Access to Justice in Hong Kong.”

Order your copy here.


Meet the team: Ruth Jackson

PathFinders people: Ruth Jackson

PathFinders’ Senior Child Protection Specialist, joined PathFinders last year

What is your role?

My job is to make sure that we prioritise the best interests of the child. I supervise our child protection cases, working with our social workers to identify child-related issues of concern and to ensure that we follow best practice by following up appropriately and in a timely manner.

What does a success look like?

Success is when a family can reach an end point where they have clearly moved past their challenges, and are equipped with the tools to parent and manage their family successfully. It involves a lot of hard work with the entire family. If that point isn’t reached after a certain time, we need to explore other solutions.

What recommendations do you have to improve the lives of the babies and children you help?

In Hong Kong, a child could be in care from birth all the way to 18. This isn’t good enough. Ideally a long-term plan should be produced within 3 months of a child entering care. I would like to see a centralised child protection unit with clear, concrete policies. The children PathFinders helps often get stuck in institutionalised care because of their immigration status and a fragmented child care system. I want to see real change for children in care in Hong Kong. Every child deserves to be part of a family and to have a fair start in life.


TVB Pearl 2-part Documentary about PathFinders

TVB Pearl just aired a special 2-part documentary about PathFinders’ work featuring our very own CEO, Kay McArdle and Case Manager, Jessica Chow. Thank you to reporter Owen Fung and the TVB team for caring enough to take the time to understand and explain the situation foreign domestic workers face when pregnant in Hong Kong.

Foreign Domestic Workers and Pregnancy Part 1
Foreign Domestic Workers and Pregnancy Part 2