Here is a link soup to kick off the new year, courtesy of Michael Kane of Washington DC.
The Action Group to End Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery
This is a U.S.-based, non-partisan legislative coalition of complementary organizations dedicated to developing a policy agenda for abolishing slavery and human trafficking.
The Price of Sugar
On an island known for tropical beauty, tourists flock to escape winter and relax with little knowledge that just a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians are toiling away in unseen plantations harvesting sugarcane most of which ends up in the United States. Cutting cane by machete, they work 12 hour days, 7 days a week frequently without access to decent housing, electricity, clean water, education, healthcare and adequate nutrition. Often they are stateless, with neither Dominican nor Haitian identity and virtually invisible in the eyes of the law. This is the story of a charismatic Spanish priest, Father Christopher Hartley, as he works to organize some of this hemisphere’s poorest people to challenge the powerful interests that profit from their work.
If you have any sites, books or articles on the topic, please feel free to leave a comment with a link and any pertinent information.