Introduction
Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP) is a community based migrants organization, operates on the principle of human rights first priority based on gender justice, substantive equality and non-discrimination.

Believing in that the unity of migrant workers enhances their empowerment and contributes to the protection of their rights and dignity, OKUP came up as a platform of returnee migrant workers in 2004.

Through different engagement, OKUP has strong foot in the migrant communities. It has sound capacity and expertise in the area of migrants rights, health including HIV/AIDS, and social and economic reintegration. It has put migrants voices at different national and international levels.

Vision & Mission Statement:
Promoting enabling environment for all migrant workers across the Borders with regards to basic Human Rights including the rights of movement, rights of employment, rights of dignity, and the rights of health including HIV/AIDS. The fundamental guiding principle of OKUP is the centrality of migrant workers in the migration discourse at all levels through unity, capacity enhancement, and leadership development.

Objectives:

  • To promote safe migration and rights of migrant workers.
  • To increase knowledge, skill and capacity of migrant workers.
  • To reduce violence, abuse and discrimination against migrant workers.
  • To put migrants voices and perspectives in the migration discourse.
  • To accelerate sustainable reintegration and development of migrants and their communities.

Approaches:

OKUP believes in migration by choice and promotes informed migration. OKUPs intervention strategy follows a comprehensive model of promotion access to information, establishment of pre-departure services at migrants communities, extension of post arrival services in collaboration and partnership with local organizations in the destination countries, and provide assistance in return and reintegration. Major activities include awareness campaigns, helpline service, pre-migration orientation, pre-departure trainings; support and services through direct assistance, counseling, shelter, legal aid, medical support, and social and economic reintegration. Among other significant activities is the empowerment of migrants and their families and communities through unity, capacity building and leadership; and also research and advocacy in order of flagging migrants voices and perspectives in the concurrent migration discourse.

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