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“COMBATTING TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS” INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES VISIT IMMOKALEEJune 23rd, 2006
this article in the Naples Daily News.Seventeen government officials, social workers, politicians, NGO leaders, journalists and law enforcement officers from various European countries visited Immokalee yesterday to receive a presentation and tour from the CIW as part of the US State Department’s “Combatting Trafficking in Persons” International Visitor Leadership Program. Participants learned about the history of the CIW’s efforts to combat human trafficking and modern-day slavery in the US agricultural industry, the CIW’s successful Taco Bell campaign, and its current campaign against McDonald’s. The CIW explained how forced labor doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Rather, sweatshop conditions in an industry—subpoverty wages, no benefits, no right to overtime—provide the fertile soil in which slavery can take root and thrive. In addition, participants discussed potential policies and strategies to help prevent and actively combat human trafficking, including the prosecution of and enforcement against traffickers. Participants also learned about initiatives to protect and assist workers held against their will. To read more, see
CAMPAIGN FOR FAIR FOOD
What they're saying about the McDonald's Victory:
Former US Pres. and Nobel Laureate Jimmy Carter:
"This is a clear and welcome example of positive industry partnership. It demonstrates also McDonald’s leadership in social responsibility and CIW’s importance as a voice for farmworker rights. I encourage others to now follow the lead of McDonald’s and Taco Bell to achieve the much needed change throughout the entire Florida-based tomato industry."
Kerry Kennedy, RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights:
"Human rights are held by all persons equally, universally, and forever. Corporations must realize these rights are indivisible and interdependent. Without these rights slavery, poverty and abuse will continue in America’s retail food industry, tainting the salads and sandwiches of those who do not stand up for human dignity. Congratulations to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and to McDonald’s for their historic accomplishment, setting the standards for human rights in the retail food industry."
United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS):
"Congratulations to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Student Farmworker Alliance (SFA) for showing the fast food industry what worker, student, and community power is! Taco Bell felt it and now McDonalds, so watch out Burger King."
COALITION OF IMMOKALEE WORKERS
P.O. Box 603
Immokalee, FL 34143
Phone: (239) 657-8311
Fax: (239) 657-5055
Email: workers (at) ciw-online.org