Tag: slavery

Buyer beware… or not…

A case of slavery, a buyer's silence, and the Fair Food Program... In our last post, we shared the news of last week's $3.5 million judgment against Reyes Tapia-Ortiz, a crewleader who was sued for, among other things, having "engaged in forced labor and related offenses by brandishing a gun, threatening to harm and deport workers for complaining about conditions and >> Read More

“Human Trafficking: 6 Solutions that Are Working”…

Following a 14-part global series on labor trafficking, Christian Science Monitor picks six "solutions that are working," and the Fair Food Program tops the list!Last Thanksgiving week, Christian Science Monitor published an in-depth article on the exploitation of farmworkers in the US and the unprecedented progress that has taken place in Florida's fields thanks to the Fair Food Program.  That >> Read More
What a year it was!  2015 Fair Food Year in Review…

What a year it was! 2015 Fair Food Year in Review…

[caption id="attachment_21123" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Secretary of State John Kerry announces the presentation of the 2014 Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking in Persons to the CIW during January's White House Forum on Human Trafficking.  The citation reads: “For its extraordinary efforts to combat human trafficking by pioneering the Fair Food Program, empowering agricultural workers, and leveraging market >> Read More

U.S. State Department 2015 Anti-Slavery Heroes visit Immokalee!

[caption id="attachment_22573" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A 25-year-old Yazidi woman shows a “Certificate of Emancipation” given to her by a Libyan who had enslaved her (the photo is from the August 13, 2015 article in the New York Times entitled "ISIL Enshrines a Theology of Rape", exceprted below). Ameena Saeed Hasan, a recipient of the US State Department's 2015 Trafficking in Persons >> Read More
Fair Food movement gains key new ally in campaign to demand respect for human rights in Publix supply chain!

Fair Food movement gains key new ally in campaign to demand respect for human rights in Publix supply chain!

International anti-slavery champion Walk Free to mobilize network of 2 million activists, call on Publix to "join the Fair Food Program and ensure our tomatoes meet the highest human rights standards in the food industry." The Fair Food Program has been winning the attention of more and more advocates for fundamental human rights these days, and this past week another international human rights organization has stepped >> Read More

White House recognizes CIW’s Fair Food Program!

CIW's early anti-slavery efforts called "spark that ignited a movement" at White House ceremony... At the first-ever White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking last week -- an event that involved everyone from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State John Kerry -- the CIW and the Fair Food Program were front and >> Read More
Recipe for Slavery: Take US farm labor relations, add “guestworker” visas, and voila… Forced labor!

Recipe for Slavery: Take US farm labor relations, add “guestworker” visas, and voila… Forced labor!

Federal prosecutors in Honolulu unseal indictment charging forced labor ring active in 13 states including -- yet again -- Florida Multi-state operation involves guestworker recruiting giant Global Horizons in what prosecutors are calling "the largest human trafficking case in US history"... [caption id="" align="alignright" width="288"] The image above is from an excellent video by Honolulu's KITV on the news of >> Read More

Florida Modern-Day Slavery Museum on National Mall, Washington, D.C.

June 15-16, 2010 photos by Fritz Myer [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="288"] Atop the U.S. Capitol building stands a statue (the dark figure at the top of this picture) with an interesting history.[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="288"] The statue is named “Freedom.”Its original plaster cast, shown here, stands inside the Capitol rotunda today. And one of the artists that created “Freedom” >> Read More
SixL’s Injunction Report

SixL’s Injunction Report

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA FLORIDA LEGAL SERVICES, INC, a Florida Corporation, and AROLDO LOPEZ, Plantiffs, vs. FARMOP, INC., a Florida Corporation, and DAVID GARCIA, Individually, Defendants ORDER ON PLANTIFFS' APPLICATION/MOTION FOR TEMPORARY INJUNCTION THIS MATTER having come on to be heard before this Court upon the Plaintiff's Application/Motion for >> Read More