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Founder of migrant worker rights group HOME dies

Channel News Asia, Singapore, 18 April 2022 - Bridget Tan, the founder of migrant workers' group Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), died on Monday (Apr 18). She was 73.

HOME announced the news on its social media accounts on Monday, noting that Ms Tan had spent the last few years in Batam, recuperating and working with non-profit groups there after suffering a stroke in February 2014.

"We are deeply saddened by the news, and our prayers are with her family," the migrant workers group said.

Ms Tan founded HOME in 2004, having previously chaired the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

In its statement, HOME described Ms Tan as an "untiring advocate and champion of the rights of migrant workers".

"She played a key role in establishing HOME’s current activities, which includes our shelter for abused domestic workers, skills training programmes, and our legal and employment advice services for all migrant workers," said the group, noting such services were "almost non-existent" when HOME was formally established.



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