How Agricultural Slavery Works in the United States

Ansel Adams – Manzanar farm workers and Mt. Williamson, 1943 The continued existence of agricultural slavery might be hard to believe, but exist it does, and at a widespread levels across the globe. What might be even more surprising, especially to American consumers, is the prevalence of slavery on farms across the United States. CIW … Continue reading

Loved by the Marginalized

I picked up The Nanny Diaries a while back because I’d heard it was pretty good and written by graduates of my own little nontraditional college. It details the somewhat fictional experiences of a student named Nan who works as a nanny for presumably some of the worst people ever, or at least some of … Continue reading

The African Slave Trade, Suburbia-Style

Cinderella, 1865 It turns out we are still shipping in slaves from Africa to work our estates. And we seem to prefer children. In the United States today, an estimated one-third of trafficking victims work as domestic servants, mostly in suburban neighborhoods. The ones who are children often arrive after being sold in their African … Continue reading

Marginalized Maids

Park Slope, New York. A town within a city, where Brooklyn locals and yuppies from around the world congregate over lattes and ten dollar cupcakes. The neighborhood is home many families and young professionals who want to take advantage of the highly-rated public school system, the limitless bars and cafes, and the green spaces like … Continue reading

Sold in America

Today I’m reviewing a new documentary short: Sold in America. Directed by Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, Sold in America tells the stories of three women sold into slavery in the United States. The film does an excellent job in depicting how varied the means are for sex trafficking in America. The three women interviewed come from different … Continue reading

Mental Disability and Migration

Recently a New York Times editorial spotlighted a growing problem in the US immigration system: the handling of illegal immigrants who are also mentally disabled. The issue is one that makes compassionate people on either side of the immigration debate fret. How does a nation offering a place for the tired, poor, and huddled deal … Continue reading

The World Cup Finals and the Refugee Experience

This Sunday, the World Cup will come to a close with a European battle of wills: Spain and the Netherlands, two teams that have never won the championship, will fight it out to see who can make history first. Both countries are known for partying hard, and the celebrations of either team’s win will likely … Continue reading

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