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DAWN is a member of the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch - a registered civil society network established in 1995 to encourage the recognition, protection and fulfillment of Filipino migrants rights - both in the Philippines and abroad during the entire migration process.


DAWN's client selection or prioritization, service packages, interventions and issue projection are research-based. It seeks to reach out to the truly disadvantaged women migrants, to provide relevant and timely services and effective interventions, and to pursue in appropriate venues critical migrant women and other related issues and concerns. DAWN upholds, at all times, the principle of confidentiality or the right of its women clients to their life stories (and therefore the right to decide whether they want these shared to the general public) in its publication and advocacy work.

• Policy Research and Development Studies

DAWN undertakes research on issues affecting women migrants and their children. Towards this end, it may tap the services of consultants, experts and specialists in its pool or partner with other research institutions.

• Monitoring and Evaluation

To ensure the effectiveness or impact of its programs and services, DAWN shall regularly monitor their implementation and evaluate results against targets at the close of the projects.

• Newsletter/publications

DAWN maintains its quarterly newsletter, SINAG; produces and distributes DAWN posters and brochures, and undertakes other publications to sustain information sharing within the DAWN support community and the general public on DAWN's special area of work.

DAWN has published R.A. 8042: A Critical Assessment of the Migrant Workers and Filpinos Act of 1995, Pains and Gains - A Study of Overseas Performing Artists in Japan from Pre-departure to Reintegration, Moving On: Stories of DAWN Women Survivors and We Are Your Children, Too: Creative Journeys of DAWN's Japanese-Filipino Children members.

• Teatro Akebono

DAWN uses theater and the arts as potent advocacy tools for issue projection of women and children, as therapy and appreciation for the mixed cultural heritage of the JFCs and as a way to meet their Japanese fathers when the children are brought to Japan for their annual theater tour. Theater workshops and presentations are used as venues for needed self-expression of both women and JFC members, when deemed appropriate.

• Lobbying

DAWN lobbies for the amendment and proper implementation of laws, executive orders and government policies meant to protect the rights and ensure the welfare of migrant workers and their families.

DAWN actively lobbied for the passage of the Absentee Voting bill which was signed into law on February 13, 2003 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. RA 9189 or the “Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003” allows Filipino migrants to participate in the national elections, particularly, to vote for the president, vice president, senators and party list representatives of the country. This was amended by RA 10590 or the "Overseas Voting Act of 2013" on March 27, 2013.

DAWN also joined in the lobby work for the passage of the “Anti- Trafficking bill which was also signed into law. RA 9208 or the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003,” passed on May 26, 2003, is meant to protect and rehabilitate Filipinos, especially, women and children, against prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage, both domestic and overseas. This was amended by RA 10364 or the "Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act" on February 6, 2013.

DAWN lobbied for the amendments to RA 8042 or the "Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995," which is now referred to as RA 10022 passed in 2010.

DAWN campaigned for the country's ratification of ILO Convention 189 or the "Domestic Workers Convention of 2011." The country ratified it in 2012 and passed RA 10361 or the "Domestic Workers Act" in 2013.

• Media Relations

DAWN actively seeks opportunities to reach the public with information and issues on migrant through print, radio, television, internet and the social media.

• Website Development and Management

DAWN maintains its website and social media accounts and continuously update it on the activities of the organization, issues that affect women migrants and their families, including trafficking.

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