Workshop: Working with Immigrant Survivors of Human Trafficking

Join Break the Chain Campaign‘s Tiffany Williams as she presents “Working with Immigrant Survivors of Human Trafficking” at the Catholic University School of Social Work’s day-long conference on Human Trafficking. She will present the context...
Protecting Guest Workers in the United States

Protecting Guest Workers in the United States

As the director of a project focused on the rights of migrant workers, I have been closely following the situation at the Hershey’s Chocolate packing plant in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, exchange students on J-1 visas faced threats and retaliation...

Hidden Forms of Human Trafficking: A Critical, Gendered Discussion

12.3 million people are exploited in conditions of forced labor around the world today.2.5 million are trafficked within or across borders.1.4 million are forced into prostitution.1.1 million are in other forms of economic exploitation. Join panelists who will address...
A Migrant’s Journey

A Migrant’s Journey

Please join us for a panel discussion with Fr. Pedro Pantoja of the Belén, Posada del Migrante (Bethlehem, the Migrant’s Shelter) and U.S. human rights advocates who will shed light on violence against female migrants, the abuses migrants face as they...
Break The Chain Heads to Georgia

Break The Chain Heads to Georgia

On September 28th, I am going to be participating in a delegation of women leaders who will be traveling from all around the country to Atlanta, Georgia. This is an action borne out of one of the projects I am co-coordinating with the National Domestic Workers...
Human Trafficking in the Gulf Not What It Seems

Human Trafficking in the Gulf Not What It Seems

(Pictured: Pardis Mahdavi.) (Cross-posted from Jadaliyya.) Earlier this month, the US State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, an inventory of the world’s efforts at combating the global trade in people. The 2011 report marks a...

Reflections on Inequality

I first came to the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in 2000 to help expose the abuse of maids and nannies by IMF and World Bank employees. This week’s news about powerful men and the women who clean up after them sounds painfully familiar. As soon as we...

2011 Freedom Network Conference

Join the Institute for Policy Studies’ Break The Chain Campaign as we help lead the 9th annual Freedom Network USA conference, held this year at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center. The Freedom Network is a coalition of service providers across...

Napolitano in Texas: Tough Talk, Little Coherence

On Monday, Jan. 31, I crossed the border to hear Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speak at the University of Texas/El Paso. I wanted to see what she had to say after spending the weekend in a two-day fast commemorating a year since the massacre of 18...

Silencing Human Trafficking Victims in America

Thanks to a wave of anti-immigrant proposals in state legislatures across the nation, fear of deportation and family separation has forced many immigrant women to stay silent rather than report workplace abuse and exploitation to authorities. The courts have weakened...

Sweet Tomato Victory

Some of America’s worst-paid and least-protected workers have scored agreements with two of the nation’s largest tomato growers after a 15 year labor dispute. They even got a long-overdue apology. “In a free society, few are guilty, but all are...

Big Chocolate’s Child Slavery Addiction

Sorry to scare you, but on Halloween much of the chocolate Americans will hand out to trick-or-treaters will be tainted by the labor of enslaved children. Hershey’s, Nestlé, and the other big chocolate companies know this. They promised nearly a decade...