Mr. Anisur Rahman Khan is the Director of the Migration Program at Awaj Foundation. Mr. Khan is himself a returnee migrant, a migrant rights activist and migrant community organizer at home and abroad. His own experience with migration inspired him to become a migrants’ rights activist.
Mr. Khan was the founding Secretary General of WARBE (Welfare Association of Repatriated Bangladeshi Employees), the first community-based migrant organization formed in Bangladesh in 1997. He served as the Executive Director of IMA Research Foundation, a migrant workers’ community organization. He was also an Executive Committee Member of Migrant Forum in Asia and alternative ICB (International Coordination Body) member of IMA (International Migrant Alliance), an international platform of grassroots migrants. Mr. Khan worked as a trainer with IOM (International Organization for Migration) in Dhaka.
Mr. Khan has participated in and represented civil society’s perspective on migration in various national and international labour migration and anti-trafficking forums, including UN processes and meetings in USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
- Pre-departure awareness raising training to the male and female migrants, focusing on workers who migrate for garment sector work abroad
- Administrative support to workers in the whole migration process
- Victims support at home and abroad, including repatriation of bodies in case of death
- Research support, media intervention and advocacy for policy formulation and implementation
- Networking with national and international stakeholders on labor migration issues.