MAGSA exists to promote justice by defending and advocating for the rights of Malawians living in South Africa especially vulnerable undocumented labour migrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy and lobbying, economic empowerment, integration through proper documentation and community education. FOUNDING STATEMENTS • To ensure that undocumented Malawian immigrants living in South Africa have the legal representation necessary to navigate the complex and onerous immigration system. • To protect Malawians living in South Africa from any form of Xenophobic attacks by locals • To advance public policies that would improve the well-being of Malawi ... read more MAGSA exists to promote justice by defending and advocating for the rights of Malawians living in South Africa especially vulnerable undocumented labour migrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy and lobbying, economic empowerment, integration through proper documentation and community education. FOUNDING STATEMENTS • To ensure that undocumented Malawian immigrants living in South Africa have the legal representation necessary to navigate the complex and onerous immigration system. • To protect Malawians living in South Africa from any form of Xenophobic attacks by locals • To advance public policies that would improve the well-being of Malawi immigrant families and provide them with opportunities for economic security. • To enhance partnerships and collaboration with different government departments and other stakeholders to mitigate immigration-related challenges and improve the living standards of all Malawians living in South Africa. • To assist detained Malawians with 14 days voluntary application for deportation if classified as unwanted citizens by the Home Affairs Department and offer quick repatriation programs without going through Lindela detention center. • To assist Malawians whose passports and other related travel documents are expired, damaged or lost with processing of such documents with the Malawi consulate office. • To promote a good image for Malawi and participate in the promotion of social and cultural harmony within the South African society, and thereby enhancing a healthy and cordial relationship between Malawi and South Africa. • To encourage Malawians living in South Africa to be law-abiding and good representatives of Malawi as a country. Our Values and Principles Dignity│We all deserve to have our human dignity and fundamental human rights respected; and MAGSA respects the dignity of all persons We advocate for laws and policies that prohibit discrimination of any kind based on gender, class, race, sexual orientation, religion and others. We oppose the use of racial profiling and other discriminatory practices by immigration and law enforcement officials. We advocate for respectful language that honours our shared humanity and builds community, hence we oppose the use of derogatory terms against certain groups of people, mostly foreigners such as "aliens", "illegals" and "makwerekwere". This is in recognition of the fact that derogatory language dehumanizes people and facilitates human rights abuses. Fairness │Laws and policies should be fair and equitable. When liberty or fundamental human rights are at stake, all persons are entitled to meaningful due process of the law and competent legal representation. We therefore provide high-quality legal representation at little or no cost to those in immigration and deportation proceedings. We prioritize the representation of low-income immigrants impacted by the criminal justice system, and people who face other forms of oppression. Whenever laws and policies are unjust, we work for their systemic change. We oppose the practice of migrant detention - the incarceration of people for immigration-related violations. As we do so, we recognize that we work within an immigration system that is weak and unfair in many ways; and so we remain accountable to our clients and their interests. Solidarity │ We are connected by our common humanity, by global forces that affect our lives, and by historic patterns of oppression, discrimination, and inequality. For society to be just and whole, we must work together to undo systemic oppression in its various forms. We recognize that global political and economic structures underpin migration patterns and exacerbate the hardships that can accompany a person's decision to migrate. We recognize the role that governments play and continue to play in supporting such structures. We are aware that we, individually or as an organization, may act in ways that further systems of oppression but we understand ourselves as an anti-oppression organization, working to help individuals and to change societal structures that are harmful. We support and participate in partnerships because we value the power of collaboration among individuals, communities, organizations and social justice movements. Safety│ People and communities thrive when we all feel and experience safety. However, safety should never be used to justify oppression. We believe that the rights of immigrants need to be protected from personal violence as well as institutionalized abuse and discrimination including human trafficking and sanctioned prostitution of female Malawian immigrants and children. We seek to do our work in a way that contributes to people's safety - individually, in their relationships with others, and in their communities. We work to address the systemic injustices that affect the safety of everyone in our society
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