Shi Fumao is the Secretary-General of the National Bar Association’s Pro Bono Legal Committee and the Executive Director of the Beijing Migrant Workers Legal Aid Workstation. For many years he has whole-heartedly devoted himself to the cause of legal aid – and in 2005, along with well-known lawyer Tong Lihua, created an agency to give free legal services to migrant workers: the Beijing Migrant Workers Legal Aid Workstation, where he currently serves as Executive Director. Under his leadership, his team has provided over 20,000 free legal consultations involving nearly 100,000 migrant workers, represented clients in 3,566 cases, and helped migrant workers win wages and compensation totaling 34.22 million Yuan. These efforts have been praised by the office of the Central Management of Social Security, the Ministry of Justice, the Central Committee, and other leaders. Shi Fumao has personally handled more than 300 cases amounting to over 17 million Yuan in reclaimed wages and compensation, and has trained more than 10,000 migrant workers in basic legal rights. In one instance, late at night and in the middle of winter, he rushed to a construction site where he spent 6 hours speaking with the boss on behalf of Ren Xuedong and 55 migrant workers to help them reclaim their wages. He also spent three years of hard work helping to claim 86 million Yuan on behalf of child laborers. In 2007, as an expert in the field of migrant workers legal aid, he was invited to participate in the International Visitor Program organized by the US government. He has been named as one of the “Top Ten Volunteers of Beijing,” a “National Guardian of Workers’ Rights,” and won the gold medal at the fourth “Beijing Young Entrepreneurs Capital Contribution Awards,” and is referred to as the “the migrant workers’ lawyer who does not accept payment.”
Shi Fumao’s outstanding character is reflected in the large number of cases over the years where he has sacrificed his own individual interest and has had the courage to assume his responsibility to society – year round, from dawn to dusk, he has committed himself to his work. Many times, even in the face of threats, he has fearlessly argued on behalf of migrant workers; in the process he has also strengthened his legal education and research, and has become one of the leading experts in the legal field concerning migrant workers. He has led Beijing Migrant Workers Legal Aid Station to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of thousands of migrant workers, bringing warmth and security for thousands of families, resolving innumerable social conflicts and spreading the seeds of harmony to the betterment and harmonization of society. Through his dedication and hard work as a lawyer for migrant workers, he has helped to establish a positive image for socialist legal workers.