Fellow Since 2006
SR Law Firm
This profile was prepared when Siriwan Vongkietpaisan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Siriwan is working to reduce human rights violations in Thailand and Asia. A lawyer, she focuses on illegal labor practices and trafficking of women and children. Realizing that dealing with such issues on a case by case basis is not efficient, Siriwan scrupulously picks particular cases that will have the most impact, both in terms of public visibility and support, and long-term legal and government reform. Working at the public level with legal aid and lobbying, Siriwan has initiated an awareness and education campaign to inform and educate people about human rights abuses in the region. Siriwan’s organization, SR Law, provides legal assistance to disadvantaged groups, victims of illegal trafficking, and victims of labor exploitation—many of them women and children from Burma or Cambodia. Using current and forthcoming test cases, Siriwan is putting pressure on public and government officials, lawyers, traffickers, employers and victims to recognize the rights of disadvantaged groups. Since most cannot afford legal fees, they are unaware of legal processes and of their protected rights under the law. She has also begun developing a network of similar organizations that lobby collectively for policy reform across Asia.