About

The Interstate Migration Alliance (IMA) links workers’ struggles in high migration source and destination areas. Linking high migration source and destination areas through a network of Migrant Rights Centres (MRCs), by 2016, the Interstate Migration Alliance established MRCs in Gurgaon, Haryana; Katihar, Bihar; Ranchi, Jharkhand; and Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.With the MRCs as their nodal hubs, the Interstate Migration Alliance facilitates cross learning between partners; and collaboration on the local, state and national-level to inform just migration policy and practices. This integrated rural-urban approach provides a unique opportunity to address rights abuses associated with uneven development, rural displacement, rising migration, urban poverty and concentration of migrant workers in the informal labour sector where they are particularly vulnerable to abuses of rights at work.

Migrant Rights Centres(MRCs) serve as nodal hubs toanchor the Interstate Migration Alliance, including existing and new partners from at least15 districts in each target area. MRCs support local partner organizations to train migrant workers on their legal rights and entitlements and pathways to accessing to justice.Through a cascading training approach (training of trainers) and ongoing technical support, MRCs aim to enhance the capacity of workers and their collectives, civil society organizations and trade unions from source and destination areas to support migrant workers who seek access to justice in cases of physical, sexual and economic violence through alternate dispute resolution, legal channels and collective action.

The Society for Labour and Development (SLD), founded in 2006, is a Delhi-based labour rights organisation. SLD promotes equitable development by advocating for the social and economic well-being of workers with a particular emphasis on women’s and migrants rights and cultural renewal among disenfranchised people. Today SLD works in the National Capital Region, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand. SLD has associate organisations in a number of other states such as Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and West Bengal.  

 

In the last two decades, the Indian economy has been transformed by declining employment in the agricultural sector and growth strategies that facilitate global labour extraction concentrated in urban industrial hubs. Internal migration has increased manifold.In 2008, India’s National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) estimated that nearly 30 percent of India’s total population is comprised of internal migrants.Facing multiple, intersecting forms of violence and discrimination, including on the basis of class, gender and social identity, migrant workers are remarkable in their ability to adapt, survive and organize.

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) is a German-based foundation working in South Asia and other parts of the world on the subjects of critical social analysis and civic education.RLS promotes a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic social order, and aims to present members of society and decision-makers with alternative approaches to such an order. Research organisations, groups working for social emancipation, and social activists are supported in their initiatives to develop models that have the potential to deliver social and economic justice.

HELM Studio partners with human rights defenders and their organisations to ideate, fund and build social design solutions that promote human rights and access to justice. This approach combines grassroots experience-based expertise with legal, media and technology proficiency. Together, we use cutting-edge education, legal and media tools to magnify human rights violations and support marginalised communities to claim their rights and access justice.