The reason why Lensational’s intervention has gained traction is that we were really specific. In the beginning, we were looking at women who are illiterate or who can't express themselves, because of systemic discrimination. We did not just focus on any women.
In these orientations, the domestic migrants are told that they will likely not get a day off; they will not have an access to Internet or a cellular phone. They are told that they will be over-worked and isolated. They're told that they're probably going to get raped. That there will be moments when they want to jump off a balcony and kill themselves.
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What we have settled on is that there seems to be two things: traumatic migration experience; refugees have higher risk of disorder than economic migrants. Second, the pre- and post-migratory social context, for example, people's loss of social status—when people go from a good job to being a cleaner after migration.
Sometimes they’re educated, sometimes they’re not, but they’re all human beings with lives and stories. Nobody leaves his or her country unless there’s a reason to. You don’t do it just because the US is the best country in the world. You do it because there’s something that’s making you leave.
I'm so sorry for some of the domestic workers, some have no days off, and some workers are singing on the day they are off or making cards. Leisure and activities they need, but then they are left with nothing.
There's a really clear group boundary between those from Hong Kong and those from Mainland. That makes the study more interesting, because you cannot find such a case in other parts of the world. We see that even with people with the same race and ethnicity, they still have to cross boundaries to meet local friends to develop social ties.