About us

Our mission, story and people

Our Mission

For those affected by trauma and those who support them, HAGAR is an expert in care and recovery.

When healing happens, the cycle of trauma stops.

Our Vision

Communities free and healed from the trauma of human trafficking, slavery and abuse.

Our Values

Respect: We believe in the right of all people to be heard and treated with respect and dignity.
Integrity: We commit to act ethically and honestly, striving to do the right thing in all times and in all circumstances.
Compassion: We want compassion and kindness to be evident in our attitude, communication and in active, practical ways.
Excellence: We hold ourselves to high standards, listening and learning from those we support, our partners and each other, to continuously improve all that we do.

Our History

Hagar was founded in 1994 in response to the prevalence of extreme domestic and community violence affecting women and children in post-civil war Cambodia. In 2008, Hagar began operations in Afghanistan to support women and children facing the worst forms of gender-based violence and human trafficking. The following year, HAGAR established an office in Vietnam to care for women who were affected by the growing magnitude of exploitation and abuse. More recently, Hagar began delivering programmes for women through our support office in Singapore, and we are partnering with organisations in Myanmar to increase their capacity to provide trauma-informed care.

With 25 years of experience, HAGAR has transformed into an internationally renowned leader in recovery services for survivors of human trafficking, slavery and abuse.

The HAGAR Story

The Hebrew name Hagar means “one who flees” or “one who seeks refuge.” The story of Hagar and her son, Ishmael, is the story of millions of exploited, abused, and trafficked women and children.

In around 2000 BC, Hagar worked in a foreign land as a domestic servant for a rich man called Abraham and his wife, Sarah. Sarah was unable to bear children and, following a common practice of the time, Sarah offered her servant to Abraham. When Hagar became pregnant, Sarah grew jealous and threw her out of their home. An angel found Hagar alone in the desert. He promised a blessing on her child, naming him Ishmael, which means “God hears.” In response Hagar declared: “You are the One who sees me.” The story of Hagar is known to many faiths including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

HAGAR is committed to providing sanctuary and hope to women and children like Hagar and Ishmael, walking the whole journey with each one.

OUR BOARD

Dr. Andrew Catford

Board Chair

Andrew has extensive experience in the international development sector having lived and worked for over 20 years in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and South America. He has a proven track record of leading organizations to grow and tangibly impact the lives of vulnerable children, youth, men and women. Andrew has worked for non-governmental organizations including World Vision and Build On and for the consulting company Hassall GHD, successfully securing and implementing large scale international development projects for a wide variety of donors. Andrew has 10 years’ experience as a Country Director in Senegal and the Solomon Islands, and he has been a Board Member of the Solomon Islands Development Services Exchange and Board Chair of the microfinance institution Vision Fund. Andrew holds a PhD focused on effective community development approaches in Vietnam and he has also been a master’s degree lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne, in the courses of project design, monitoring, evaluation and gender, subjects he has a strong passion for.

Dr. Andrew Catford

Board Chair

Andrew has extensive experience in the international development sector having lived and worked for over 20 years in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and South America. He has a proven track record of leading organizations to grow and tangibly impact the lives of vulnerable children, youth, men and women. Andrew has worked for non-governmental organizations including World Vision and Build On and for the consulting company Hassall GHD, successfully securing and implementing large scale international development projects for a wide variety of donors. Andrew has 10 years’ experience as a Country Director in Senegal and the Solomon Islands, and he has been a Board Member of the Solomon Islands Development Services Exchange and Board Chair of the microfinance institution Vision Fund. Andrew holds a PhD focused on effective community development approaches in Vietnam and he has also been a master’s degree lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne, in the courses of project design, monitoring, evaluation and gender, subjects he has a strong passion for.

Deborah Papworth

Board Director

Deborah is a lawyer, originally from New Zealand, with extensive experience in both private practice and the non-profit sector, having worked in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Switzerland, and New York. 

Deborah’s focus throughout her career as a human rights lawyer has been progressing justice for the oppressed, persecuted and vulnerable. She has extensive experience in the area of refugee law and forced migration, including a period working with the UNHCR in Hong Kong, as well as in the areas of gender-based violence, human trafficking and modern slavery. Deborah joined Hagar in 2016 to lead a legal capacity building project in Cambodia, and has since been leading Hagar’s rule of law and capacity-building projects.   

Deborah has also worked as a senior employment lawyer in private practice, including working for global law firm, Linklaters, where she also managed the Pro Bono Practice for the Hong Kong office. 

Deborah holds qualifications to practice in New Zealand, Australia (NSW), Hong Kong and the United States (New York). Deborah also hold a Masters of Law from the Geneva Academy of International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law.

Deborah Papworth

Board Director

Deborah is a lawyer, originally from New Zealand, with extensive experience in both private practice and the non-profit sector, having worked in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Switzerland, and New York.

Deborah’s focus throughout her career as a human rights lawyer has been progressing justice for the oppressed, persecuted and vulnerable. She has extensive experience in the area of refugee law and forced migration, including a period working with the UNHCR in Hong Kong, as well as in the areas of gender-based violence, human trafficking and modern slavery. Deborah joined Hagar in 2016 to lead a legal capacity building project in Cambodia, and has since been leading Hagar’s rule of law and capacity-building projects.

Deborah has also worked as a senior employment lawyer in private practice, including working for global law firm, Linklaters, where she also managed the Pro Bono Practice for the Hong Kong office.

Deborah holds qualifications to practice in New Zealand, Australia (NSW), Hong Kong and the United States (New York). Deborah also hold a Masters of Law from the Geneva Academy of International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law.

 

Mr. Hans Yeung

Board Director

Hans Yeung, Regional CFO of Macquarie Group Asia, has more than 25 years of finance experience and formerly held various senior finance roles in Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Bank of America in Hong Kong before joining the Macquarie Group in 2004. Hans is also a committee member of an Asia modern slavery project sponsored by the Macquarie Group Foundation and is an active community services participant. Hans holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and Master of Business Administration degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a HK and US Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Hans Yeung

Board Director
Hans Yeung, Regional CFO of Macquarie Group Asia, has more than 25 years of finance experience and formerly held various senior finance roles in Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Bank of America in Hong Kong before joining the Macquarie Group in 2004. Hans is also a committee member of an Asia modern slavery project sponsored by the Macquarie Group Foundation and is an active community services participant. Hans holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and Master of Business Administration degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a HK and US Certified Public Accountant.

For more information about our global team members please refer to our other country sites.

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By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

Help us transform lives

Donate now

By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

Help us transform lives

Donate now

By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

Help us transform lives

Donate now

By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

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