Nurul Qoiriah

As a Program Officer for the AMC, Nurul’s key roles include the organising and unionising of migrant workers, as well as developing and facilitating capacity building training programs for the leaders of migrant organisations. The content of these courses include: migrant human rights and advocacy; health and gender; migrant savings; and reintegration. She equips directors of grass roots organisations from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Indonesia, with the knowledge and skills to assist migrant workers in the region.

Nurul is also involved in other advocacy and lobbying activities undertaken by the AMC. Other courses which she has participated in include the International Human Rights Training Program, conducted by the Canadian Human Rights Foundation (2005), and the Human Rights Education Program, hosted by the Indonesian Human Rights Commission in Jakarta (1998). 

Nurul Qoiriah attended Law at the University of Bung Karno and then moved to Hong Kong to study Human Rights Law. In Hong Kong she worked for the Asian Migrant Centre where she had responsibility for advocacy and capacity building training. She was also involved in research for the Asian Migrant Year Book particularly on Indonesia and Timor Leste. She was accepted and participated in the DTP/MFA Program on Migrant Rights in Malaysia in 2005.

She returned home to Indonesia in 2008 to work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) where she stayed until 2011. Following encouragement from migrant organizations, she was convinced to focus on the issue of labour migration and this resulted in a position with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IOM is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to promoting a comprehensive approach to migration management by: advancing understanding of migration issues; assisting government in meeting the challenges of migration; encouraging social and economic development through migration; and upholding dignity and well-being of migrants, their families and their communities.

At IOM she is Project Manager responsible for Counter-Trafficking and Labour Migration. In that capacity she is involved in the revision of the Government of Indonesia (GoI) Predeparture Orientation Manual (PAP Manual) for Indonesian migrant workers and in providing training on labour market research and the monitoring of recruitment agencies for the GoI including to the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration and the National Board for the Placement of Migrant Workers Overseas (BNP2TKI). She is also involved in providing reintegration assistance to returnee migrants who are identified as victims of trafficking.

She uses the training methodology she picked up during the DTP Program in Malaysia in the training programs organized by IOM and relies on some of the materials provided to the participants at the DTP Program in her work, including documents on the Convention on the Rights of Migrants and their Families and other international human rights instruments applicable to the migrants. She notes that the practical exercises were most useful, particularly the drafting of shadow reports. She has put the lessons learnt in Malaysia to good use in her dealings with international organizations and governments and tells DTP that in her engagement with these “diplomacy is a very interesting part … in my day to day work”.

Nurul is in touch with many of the individuals and organizations that participated in the DTP Program. She values the network of migrant NGOs she made contact with, many of whom collaborate actively with IOM. She reflects that she gained valuable insights into the problems faced in other countries and cultures and that this has made her more tolerant toward others with regard to culture, religion and gender.

In response to the question about how DTP could improve its programs and its work with alumni, Nurul is of the view that there should be gatherings of alumni to reinvigorate the networks “as well as training sessions involving the alumni as facilitators or co-facilitators”.


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