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Evangeline Banao Vallejos: Filipina Maid's Fight for Hong Kong Permanent Residence Status

Friday, September 30, 2011

In a landmark case involving a Filipina domestic helper, a Hong Kong court has ruled that a law banning foreign maids from settling permanently in the city is unconstitutional, in a landmark case for domestic helpers.

The legal action, brought by Evangeline Banao Vallejos, a Philippine domestic helper who has lived in Hong Kong since 1986, has cast a spotlight on the financial hub's treatment of its army of 292,000 domestic helpers.

"My conclusion is that on the common law interpretation approach the impugned provision is inconsistent with (Hong Kong's Basic Law)," Judge Johnson Lam wrote in a ruling issued today. [Source]

Congratulations to Evangeline Banao Vallejos. Kudos to United Filipinos in Hong Kong who supported her fight and continue to support Filipino workers in Hong Kong!

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