Ombudsman Lives On!

November 4, 2013

Pamela Brown has wasted no time transitioning from her former position as the Federal Ombudsman to opening the Pacific Ombudsman for Humanitarian Law (POHL).

When the U.S. Department of Interior closed the federal ombudsman office in September 2013 without even seeking opinion from the advocates, nonresident workers or community members, many were shocked and concerned. For fourteen years the ombudsman office provided much needed services for the CNMI's disenfranchised underclass majority who were denied even basic civil and human rights.

The Pacific Ombudsman for Humanitarian Law provides legal services and counseling to indigent nationals and aliens within the Pacific Region, which includes U.S. territories, Freely Associated States, and island nations, who are victims of immigration abuse, fraud in foreign labor contracting, trafficking in persons, labor abuse, debt bondage, peonage, employment discrimination, or other criminal activities.”

Some translators who were former employees of the federal ombudsman office are now working with POHL.

To contact the office:

Phone: 670-234-9480
Fax: 670-234-9487
Website (under construction)



Anonymous said...

By this story I am amusing that this is a private undertaking by Pam much like a law office opening and fees will be collected unlike the Fed. Ombudsman office.
Good on Pam.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for such good news! You, Pam and all the people behind this are blessings not just to ocws but also to people who need help. May God bless you all!

Anonymous said...

Advocate is the correct term not ombudsman. An ombudsman is a government title not private. The USCIS director has warned CWs on the news about giving any money to attorneys who promise to help them on their "pathway to citizenship". Attorneys cannot and do not possess any influence, power or otherwise. She even went so far as to say that these are scams. Woodruff succeeded in grafting a lot of money out of people.

Wendy Doromal said...


No, ombudsman is a fine term. Look in multiple dictionaries and see the definition:
one that investigates, reports on, and helps settle complaints
— om·buds·man·ship noun

"Ombudsman" is in no way just a 'government' title.

What's your point? Are you suggesting Pam would make false promises? If so why? She has never done that, ever and never would.