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Economic Justice

We seek to expand the use of human rights law to protect people who find themselves trapped in exploitative relationships with those who hold more economic power.

Our work on economic issues ranges from strengthening protections for migrant workers to promoting human rights standards in consumer and mortgage lending. 

We work with migrant workers in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, both to challenge mistreatment by abusive employers, and to strengthen their ability to seek legal remedies in their home countries. In Europe, we have promoted the application of human rights standards in home repossession proceedings in Ireland, and we are exploring how human rights arguments can be used to combat abusive lending practices across the European Union. 

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