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Boston couple who paid housekeeper $35 a month for 13 years dodge prison
Martha Smalanskas, 48, and Richard Smalanskas, 49, have admitted to illegally bringing the Bolivian woman into the U.S. when she was just 16. They stole her passport and forced her to work 84 hours a week. A federal court has ruled they owe her $150,000 in compensation.
Daily News, January 13, 2014

Modern-Day Slavery
A special report from the Palm Beach Post, December 2003

Fields of Despair
A special report from the Miami Herald, September 2003

Slavery In Florida's Citrus Groves
Associated Press, November 21, 2002

All Work, No Pay
Newsday, June 13, 2002

14 Immigrants Die in Arizona Desert
Associated Press, May 24, 2001

Snakehead Lawyer, Wife Plead Guilty
New York Daily News, February 12, 2002

Pair Convicted of Enslaving Housekeeper
The Washington Post, December 21, 2001

Police: Woman Chained 12-Year-Old Maid to Backyard Pole
CNN, May 14, 2001

Botswanan Domestic Sues UN Diplomat for 'Involuntary Servitude'
Village Voice, July 31, 2001

Trouble on the Home Front
The Village Voice, July 17, 2001

3 Charged in China Alien Smuggling
Associated Press, July 10, 2001

Death on the Job
A series of articles from Newsday, July 2001, stemming from a 10-month investigation into work-related deaths among immigrants.

Report: Foreign House Help Abused
Associated Press, June 13, 2001

Migrant Domestic Workers Face Abuse in the U.S.
A series of reports from Human Rights Watch, June 2001, regarding exploitation and abuse of immigrant domestic workers in the U.S.

Appeals Court Strips Prenatal Benefits for Illegal Immigrants
Associated Press, May 23, 2001

7 Convicted In Dutch Immigrant Truck Deaths
Associated Press, May 11, 2001

Man Given 11 Years for Holding Illegal Immigrant in Slavery
Los Angeles Times, April 17, 2001

Abuse Rife at Nike's Indonesia Plants
CNN, February 22, 2001

Workers in Bondage
Business Week, November 27, 2000

Fingers to the Bone: U.S. Failure to Protect Child Farmworkers
Report from Human Rights Watch, June 2000, regarding exploitation of child farmworkers, mainly Latino, in the U.S.

Questions & Answers on Enforcement Remedies Available to Undocumented Workers Under Federal Employment Discrimination Laws
From the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, remedies for undocumented workers exploited and abused in the U.S. (October 29, 1999)

The New Slavery: Immigrants Hoping for Better Lives at the Mercy of Greedy Smugglers
A.B.A. Journal, Human Rights, Fall 1997

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ORGANIZATIONS/AGENCIES
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American Friends Service Committee - Immigrant Rights
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 241-7000
www.afsc.org/immigrants-rights/
A program of the American Friends (Quakers) Service Committee focusing on defense of human and civil rights for immigrants in the U.S., including migrant workers and farm laborers, and abuses in the agriculture and service industries.

Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
4350 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 410
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: (703) 528-4141
www.afop.org
Organization dedicated to improving health and living conditions for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families.

Clean Clothes Campaign
International Secretariat
Postbus 11584
1001 GN Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: 020-412-2785
www.cleanclothes.org
International network dedicated to improving working conditions in the global garment industry and assisting garment workers worldwide.

Chinese Staff & Workers Association
P.O. Box 130401
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 619-7979
www.cswa.org
New York-based organization dedicated to assisting Chinese immigrant workers in the U.S., including restaurant, garment, and construction workers, program for female workers, English and citizenship classes offered free of charge. English- and Chinese-language information available on site.

CorpWatch Sweatshop Pages
1611 Telegraph Avenue, #702
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 271-8080
www.corpwatch.org/issues/PII.jsp?topicid=108

International Labor Rights Fund
733 - 15th Street, N.W., Suite 920
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 347-4100
www.laborrights.org

Resource Center of the Americas
3019 Minnehaha Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: (612) 276-0788
www.americas.org
Group dedicated to human rights for workers throughout the Americas (U.S., Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean). Labor rights, child labor, education and assistance.

Sweatshop Watch
310 Eighth Street, Suite 309
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 834-8990
www.sweatshopwatch.org
A coalition of labor, community, civil and immigrant rights, and women's groups working to eliminate sweatshop conditions and improve the lives of workers in the global garment industry.

Worker Exploitation Task Force Complaint Line
Toll-free: 1-888-428-7581
www.usdoj.gov/crt/crim/tpwetf.htm
The WETF Complaint Line call is toll-free and offers foreign language translation services in most languages. After business hours, the Complaint Line has a message service in English, Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin only. Staffed by the Civil Rights Division of the Task Force, a joint project between the U.S. Depts. of Labor and Justice.

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