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The Institute Policy Studies started Break the Chain Campaign (BTCC) in 1997 after an expose in the Washington City Paper by IPS Fellow Martha Honey (entitled "Capital Slaves"), which chronicled the lives of women living in virtual slavery while working as domestic servants for officials of the World Bank and other international agencies.
Upon discovering the extent of exploitation of migrant women workers in the D.C. metropolitan area, the BTCC project expanded beyond reporting to better serve and empower these women. The project has provided legal, moral, economic and other support for hundreds of these migrant domestic workers, from dozens of countries, for over a decade. The project also helped raise awareness of the problem of exploitation of domestic workers in the World Bank and other agencies, and was a key advocate for new policies in these agencies.
Today, the project is a leader in the Freedom Network – a national network of anti-trafficking organizations, which greatly contributed to the creation of current legislation protecting the rights of victims of human trafficking, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and its reauthorization in 2008. We are also a key partner with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, bringing the domestic worker rights lens to trafficking work, and vice versa.
Currently, we focus on research, writing, policy advocacy, and training, all based on our 14 years of direct service experience and our commitment to a rights-based approach.
Belen, Posada Del Migrante y la Dolorosa y Forzada Migracion Centroamericana
October 3, 2011 - Fue un proyecto humanizador radical. By Father Pedro Pantoja Arreola
Georgia on My Mind
September 29, 2011 - Thoughts, expectations, and plans for the We Belong Together delegation travels to Georgia to bring attention to the ways in which unjust immigration laws affect women, children and families. By Tiffany Williams
MIA: Obama's New Common-Sense Immigration Policy
September 26, 2011 - I learned the hard way that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices are actually becoming even more ruthless than before. By Matias Ramos, published in Truthout and The (San Francisco) Beyond Chron and The Winona (MN) Daily News and The MetroWest Daily News
Break The Chain Heads to Georgia
September 6, 2011 - A delegation of women leaders will travel to the Peach state to hear about the negative impacts that immigration enforcement has on immigrant families. By Tiffany Williams
Scrapping America's Bootstraps
August 9, 2011 - Entitlements include many of the basic programs that have raised the U.S. standard of living since the FDR administration and before. By Tiffany Williams
All Those Who Care: Campaign Launch Shows Depth of Interdependence
July 19, 2011 - A recent study shows the complexities of care work in the Unites States, just as the Caring Across Generations campaign shows its ready to work for reform. By Jessica Cutcliffe