There has been a flood of response to Tizon's article, and The Atlantic has followed up with two good ones, one by Ai-Jen Poo, a MacArthur "Genius" fellow, whose work centers on domestic workers' rights. And another by Vann Newkirk II, an Atlantic staff writer, which argues that liberation is a long-term process: "Enslaved people are not so much set free as they are made free..." On our own podcast this week, Shereen and Gene talk to Alex Tizon's widow about how he felt about finally airing...
Hidden in Plain Sight: Domestic Worker Trafficking in the US
05/24/2017 | The Brian Lehrer Show | WNYC
Alex Tizon's story in The Atlantic, "My Family's Slave," is about Eudocia Tomas Pulido, a woman his family brought over from the Philippines to work in their house for 56 years without pay. Linda Oalican, executive director of Damayan, migrant rights activist and former domestic worker, and Sameera Hafiz, advocacy director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), discuss the story and the policies needed to end domestic worker trafficking.
Liberate 'Lolas' with Eudocia in Our Hearts: US Filipinas Discuss 'My Family's Slave'
05/19/2017 | Elliott Gabriel | Telesur
The release of late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Tizon's essay, “My Family's Slave,” drew a wide spectrum of reactions. Many were brought to tears by the tragic story of Eudocia “Lola” Tomas Pulido, a woman from the Philippines who spent 56 years toiling under domestic bondage to the Tizon family after falling into captivity as an 18-year-old young woman. Some hailed Tizon's honesty and empathetic narrative. Others saw his piece as a weak apology for the enslavement of “Lola” Pulido....