University of Technology Sydney Alumnus
Mr Tong is a public interest lawyer and the leading advocate in China for the rights of children and migrant workers.
In 1999, he used his personal funds to establish the Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Centre and in 2005 he founded the Beijing Migrant Workers’ Legal Aid and Research Center. They were the first non-governmental organisations dedicated to providing pro bono legal services to children in China and migrant workers in China and is now the largest law NGO in China.
Driven by his passion to help and appreciation of the urgent need for legal assistance for migrant workers in China, he promoted and trained the very first generation of public interest lawyers in China. He also promoted to set up 26 child protection committees at the provincial level and 38 affiliated migrant workers’ offices in 20 provinces, with the help of which, over 500,000 clients directly benefited.
His outstanding achievements are well evidenced by his receipt of over 80 national and international awards since 2000, including China’s Top Ten Legal Practitioners and the International Bar Association Pro Bono Award. Since 2008, he has been invited every year to participate in the annual China-EU Judicial Seminar and has worked closely with the Australia Human Rights Commission.