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Migrant Workers

Gulf Human Rights Declaration Increases Heat on Qatar to Act on Migrant Workers' Rights

James Dorsey | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The adoption of a human rights declaration by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that was designed to shield wealthy Gulf monarchies including 2022 World Cup host Qatar from criticism by human rights and trade union activists is likely to increase pressure on the sports-focused Gulf state to significantly alter its controversial migrant labour system.

On Food Day, a Penny for the American Farmworker

Sanjay Rawal | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
Sanjay Rawal

Nearly all of the produce we eat in the United States is handpicked. Machines don't harvest our fresh lettuce, peaches, cherries, carrots, etc. People do. And as one can imagine, that work is difficult.

Migrant Workers Don't Need to Live in Slavery

Skoll Foundation | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

By Dan Viederman, CEO, Verité

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San Fernando Migrant Massacre: How US, Mexican and Latin American Governments Share Responsibility

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Migrant rights defenders throughout Mexico recently commemorated the fourth anniversary of the massacre, which resulted in the death of 72 migrants in transit, including 13 women, en route to the United States from six countries.

Matt Sheehan

Guerrilla Theater: China's Migrant Workers Get Political Onstage

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

BEIJING -- For a nominally socialist country, China has many of the trappings of a capitalist paradise. With independent unions banned and the hundred...

In Praise of Public Servants and Taxi Drivers

Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe

I have found in taxi drivers, restaurant owners, municipal workers, police officers, firemen and women, "migrants" and immigrants from many states, a variety of countries, generous people who love the democratic principles and virtues of these United States.

A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

Although today is the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the issue of human trafficking is hardly a novel one; rather, this crime has sadly survived and thrived for thousands of years.

Tribute to a Photographer Who Rocked Our World

Jan Phillips | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
Jan Phillips

She never thought of herself as an artist, but her art moved mountains. Her pictures were worth millions of words.

Teaching Filmmaking to Burmese Refugee Students Was an Eye-opening Experience

Lila Igram | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

We achieve success at Connecther.org when our stakeholders achieve success. Azmina Karim, a young woman from Bangladesh who is passionate about uplifting the voices of women and girls in her country, is one such stakeholder.

Making the Food Trade Work for All

Daniel Gonzales | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Daniel Gonzales

Fair Trade is a well-established and proven approach to supporting farmers and workers. It's also an important way for consumers to identify products that were grown with care.

We All Deserve Access to Great Opportunities: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

The International Olympic Committee Skating on Thin Ice in Sochi

Hugh Williamson | Posted 03.31.2014 | Sports
Hugh Williamson

For the most part, Human Rights Watch's concerns were met either with rebuff, obfuscation or outright misinformation from the Russian government, and the IOC consistently accepted the Russian government's position at face value.

PHOTOS: Behind The Scenes Of Migrant Work

Posted 01.25.2014 | World

For those lucky enough to live with or in proximity to their loved ones, it may be hard to remember that many in the world are not afforded the same l...

Health Care and the Stalling of Immigration Reform

American Anthropological Association | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

Too often, farm workers like Abelino are hurt as they work to provide fresh food for the rest of, sacrificing their own health for ours. What's more, they rarely seek medical care in the U.S. because they can't afford to miss work. These hardworking people deserve health care.

Standing With Sangeeta

Deepa Iyer | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Deepa Iyer

We all deserve to engage in our jobs with dignity, whether we work in the corner office of a high-rise, the inside of a cab, or behind closed doors in a home. Standing with Sangeeta means that we stand for the rights of those who experience workplace abuse.

Nigeria's Ethiopians Protest Abuse In Saudi Arabia

Chika Oduah | Posted 12.19.2013 | World
Chika Oduah

An ongoing clamp down on undocumented Ethiopian migrant workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rendered thousands vulnerable as many were not able to renew work permits before the November 4th deadline signifying the expiration of an amnesty that was announced in April.

EU Condemns 'Slavery' Conditions For World Cup Workers

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 11.22.2013 | Business

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union parliament urged Qatar on Thursday to immediately stop any contractors from abusing the rights of migrant workers...

Supply Chain Compliance and Legal Education

Rani Hong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Rani Hong

One way companies can practice corporate social responsibility is to comply with relevant laws that ensure their supply chains are free of forced labor.

How Sandy Clean-Up Brought Day Laborers Out of the Shadows

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

When Sandy hit last October, the Northeast shoreline seemed to freeze: people were stranded in flooded homes, businesses shuttered, downtown Manhattan...

Family Values? U.S. Tears Apart Migrant Families

M. Brinton Lykes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
M. Brinton Lykes

Some 4.5 million U.S.-citizen children live in families wherein at least one member is an unauthorized migrant. They live under a constant threat that detention and deportation will break up the family.

Unleashing The Full Potential of Human Mobility For Development

Cecilia Malmström | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Cecilia Malmström

Putting in place a migration policy that will promote economic growth and ensure prosperity will bring serious challenges. We need to do more to make sure the newly arrived find their place in increasingly diverse societies.

As the United Nations Sets Policies on Migration, Who Speaks for Migrant Workers?

Richard Trumka | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Richard Trumka

Immigration law enforcement continues to separate migrant families through deportation. In the meantime, employers profit from a legally vulnerable workforce.

REVEALED: Qatar's World Cup 'Slaves' Dying At Shocking Rate

Huffington Post | Posted 09.26.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

An investigative Guardian report published Wednesday found that Nepalese workers are dying at a rate of one per day as they toil to build stadiums for...

A Problem of Evidence

Bernice Yeung | Posted 11.14.2013 | Home
Bernice Yeung

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgEvidence is a powerful way to challenge deeply inhumane wrongdoing. But it also raises the question: What happens when evidence is hard to come by in individual acts of violence, like rapes and sexual assaults?

Farmworkers Face Silent Spring in the Fields

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Some lawmakers in Washington may be losing sleep in the coming weeks as they mull over proposed immigration reform legislation. But many migrant child...