Teen Widow of Migrant Worker Struggles for Justice

  • January 2, 2018
  • Krishma Sharma

Three years ago, Roshan Khatum, 14, was married to Sabir in Nepal’s Dhanusha District. (Although child marriage has been illegal in Nepal since 1963, Nepal has the third highest rate of child marriage in Asia.) Shortly after they married, Sabir left for Saudi Arabia for work. Unable to find jobs to support their families, some… [READ MORE]

‘Imagine If Migrant Workers Had Labor Rights’

“Why does being low-wage and a migrant mean being sentenced to a lifetime of being separated from your family? It shouldn’t and doesn’t have to,” says Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau. Speaking at a United Nations meeting on migration today in New York, Bader-Blau contrasted the unchallenged right of capital to move freely across… [READ MORE]

Empowering Migrant Workers in Global Supply Chains

Many of the more than 150 million migrant workers around the world endure abusive conditions—and one of the most exploitative phases of transnational labor migration takes place before migrants even leave their home country: recruitment for work abroad. Forced to take on debt to pay the exorbitant fees  labor brokers charge to secure a job,… [READ MORE]

On Migrant Workers Day: Strong with a Union in Hong Kong

When Pobsuk Gasing migrated to Hong Kong from Thailand in 1991 for employment as a domestic worker, her employer was abusive, she says. Yet Pobsuk was unable to change jobs because breaking her contract meant losing her legal right to stay in the country. Her husband had died and she needed the salary to send… [READ MORE]

Good Jobs, Worker Rights Key to Human Development

Equitable and decent work for all and strategies such as promoting collective action, trade unionism and other worker rights are essential to achieve worker well-being, according to a report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released today. “People are the real wealth of nations, and human development focuses on enlarging people’s choices,” according to the… [READ MORE]

Organizing Key to Assisting Migrant Workers

More than 300,000 domestic workers in Hong Kong have migrated from the Philippines, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries seeking jobs to support their families. Recent high-profile instances of employer abuse against these domestic workers—unpaid wages, 24/7 working hours, and even physical assault—offer a glimpse into the migrant crisis that recently has focused the world’s… [READ MORE]

Labor Migration: A Solidarity Center Conference

In Malaysia, up to 40 percent of workers are migrants from other countries. Over in Bangladesh, more than 600,000 workers migrate each year for jobs, and at least 5 million Bangladeshis currently work in other countries. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on the Arabian Peninsula rely on migrant labor to fill more than 90… [READ MORE]

ILO Report: Trafficking and Forced Labor Are Unacceptable

  • July 30, 2015
  • Jeff C. Wheeler

Global demand for the services of domestic workers, including household workers, caregivers and cooks, has been steadily rising in recent years. Yet as the International Labor Organization (ILO) shows in a new report on migrants from South Asia, domestic workers, especially women migrant workers, remain an “unrecognized and invisible” part of the labor force. Further,… [READ MORE]

Trafficking Report Boosts Uzbekistan Ranking

The U.S. State Department boosted the ranking of Uzbekistan in its Trafficking in Persons report, while keeping Turkmenistan at a higher ranking than human rights activists believe is warranted. Earlier this year, the Solidarity Center was among 30 global unions, business associations and nonprofit networks urging the U.S. State Department to ensure its Trafficking in… [READ MORE]

U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report Upgrades Malaysia

Thailand is failing to comply with minimum standards to address human trafficking, while Malaysia is “making significant efforts” to eliminate human trafficking, according to the U.S. State Department in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report released today. The State Department retained Thailand on “Tier 3,” the report’s bottom ranking, and upgraded Malaysia from Tier 3… [READ MORE]

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