Beyond survival: lessons from domestic worker organising campaigns against human trafficking and labour exploitation
01/16/2017 | Sameera Hafiz | openDemocracy
Anti-trafficking campaigns can help to tip the scales towards justice, but they will only succeed if they are grounded in the lived experiences of survivors and oriented towards systemic solutions.
...though many mainstream anti-trafficking campaigns have had beneficial effects. They have raised the issue of human trafficking on a global scale, and have helped to encourage national and international action to protect victims. However, they also suffer from serious limitations, which...
My first job in the U.S. was cleaning houses in the wealthy part of New York's Long Island.
Inside the marbled halls of America's expensive homes, I encountered challenges that shocked me, but were no different than the experiences of workers in Donald Trump's real estate business. For three years, I worked 16-hour days almost every day for less than $400 per month. I was underpaid and isolated.
Sustaining the Momentum of the Women's March: Where We Go From Here
11/08/2016 | Andrea Cristina Mercado | Truthout
This weekend I marched in Washington, DC, with my younger sister, in a contingent with hundreds of immigrant women, women of color, domestic workers, Native American women, and grassroots environmental activists. Like so many who attended the Women's March, I was awestruck to see the sheer size of the march, the number of women who mobilized -- many of whom had never before attended a march -- to proclaim their commitment to fight back against attacks on our bodies, our families, our...