WBEZ | migrant workers http://www.wbez.org/tags/migrant-workers Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Worldview 3.27.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-27 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-march/2012-03-27/ap120325045702.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Macky Sall won the Senegalese presidential elections over the weekend.&nbsp; He defeated Abdoulaye Wade, whose attempt to run for an illegal third-term sparked violence and protest throughout the country. Many feared he would refuse to step down from power, but he conceded after his defeat Sunday night. Columbia University professor <a href="http://www.columbia.edu/cu/french/department/fac_bios/diagne.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Souleymane Bachir Diagne</a> tells <em>Worldview </em>how this will impact the country. Also, Central American migrants who traverse Mexico without a visa face the risk of being raped, kidnapped, disappeared or killed. <em>Worldview</em> talks with Father Alejandro Solalinde and Cristian Pineda Flores, two Mexicans who advocate for migrants rights in Mexico. Salvadoran filmmaker Marcela Zamora Chamorro also discusses her award-winning <a href="http://vimeo.com/32677195" target="_blank">documentary</a> about the abuse and humiliation endured by migrant women who travel through Mexico.</p></p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-27 Worldview 11.29.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-112911 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-november/2011-11-29/congo1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After 33 years of rule, Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, handed over power to his deputy. <a href="http://pages.towson.edu/cschmitz/" target="_blank">Charles Schmitz</a>, president of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies, says the move won't change much. This week, millions of Congolese voters headed to the polls despite widespread violence and reports of ballot stuffing, bribery and fraud. <em>Worldview</em> gets an update from Kambale Musavuli, student coordinator and spokesperson for <a href="http://www.friendsofthecongo.org/" target="_blank">Friends of the Congo</a>. Also, Indonesian domestic workers in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other countries around the world often face horrific working conditions. <a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/08/08/anis-hidayah-indonesia" target="_blank">Anis Hidayah</a>, director of Jakarta-based Migrant Care, tells <em>Worldview</em> what's needed to protect Indonesians who cross borders to support themselves and their families.</p></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-112911 Indonesian migrant workers in Middle East face abuse and rape http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/indonesian-migrant-workers-middle-east-face-abuse-and-rape-94264 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-21/indonesia1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In seeking work abroad, Indonesian migrants are particularly vulnerable to abuse. In countries like Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, they often work up to 18 hours a day without any days off. Many are unpaid and held in forced servitude; others are confined, beaten or raped by their employers.</p><p><a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/08/08/anis-hidayah-indonesia" target="_blank">Anis Hidayah</a>, executive director of the Jakarta-based advocacy group Migrant Care and recipient of Human Rights Watch's <a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/08/09/global-human-rights-watch-honors-7-activists" target="_blank">Alison Des Forges Award</a>, monitors abuses against Indonesian workers.</p><p>She and <a href="http://www.hrw.org/bios/nisha-varia" target="_blank">Nisha Varia</a>, a senior researcher for the <a href="http://www.hrw.org/category/topic/women" target="_blank">Women's Rights Division</a> of Human Rights Watch, tell <em>Worldview </em>what's being done to curb the exploitation.</p></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/indonesian-migrant-workers-middle-east-face-abuse-and-rape-94264 'Slavery Footprint' asks, ‘How many slaves work for you?’ http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-18/slavery-footprint-asks-%E2%80%98how-many-slaves-work-you%E2%80%99-93234 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-18/slavery.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you're reading these words on a computer, smart phone or laptop, it's likely that you have at least three slaves working for you somewhere down the global supply chain. That’s according to <a href="http://slaveryfootprint.org/" target="_blank">Slavery Footprint</a>, a new web campaign that’s working in collaboration with the <a href="http://www.state.gov/g/tip/" target="_blank">U.S. State Department</a> to bring attention to forced labor around the world.</p><p>With a sleekly designed, interactive survey, Slavery Footprint aims to personalize the issue of modern slavery by telling you how much your individual lifestyle depends on forced labor — and giving you steps to take to help end it.</p><p>Visit the website and you'll be asked a series of surprising questions, ranging from how many bathrooms are in your home to what kind of nuts you eat and what kind of cooking oil you use.</p><p>The survey then gives you detailed analysis of how many slaves are on the production end of your lifestyle.</p><p>According to Slavery Footprint, there are 27 million slaves in the world today - that is, economically exploited people who are forced to work without pay and cannot walk away from their jobs.</p><p>Justin Dillon, the creator and president of Slavery Footprint, told Jerome McDonnell, host of WBEZ's <em>Worldview</em>, that his ultimate goal is to spark a consumer-driven movement to create a more free world.</p></p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-18/slavery-footprint-asks-%E2%80%98how-many-slaves-work-you%E2%80%99-93234 Illinois group gets $1.4 million to help migrants http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-group-gets-14-million-help-migrants-88553 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-30/103828615.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. Department of Labor is giving an&nbsp;Illinois group $1.4 million to provide job training and other&nbsp;services to migrant farmworkers.</p><p>The department said Wednesday the money will go to the Illinois&nbsp;Migrant Council. The money is part of $78.3 million being provided&nbsp;by The National Farmworker Jobs Program to 52 groups around the&nbsp;country to pay for job training, employment services and other&nbsp;needs for seasonal farmworkers and their families.</p><p>Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said the money is intended to help&nbsp;migrant farmworkers and their families lead more stable lives.&nbsp;</p><div>Another $5.7 million will go to 16 groups across the country to&nbsp;provide housing assistance for migrant farmworkers.</div></p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-group-gets-14-million-help-migrants-88553 Analyzing the rights of migrant workers who cross the U.S. southern border http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-09/analyzing-rights-migrant-workers-who-cross-us-southern-border-85898 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-01/57406237.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The first of this month marked "May Day". Many only know May 1st as a Soviet celebration with a procession of tanks, missiles, and soldiers. But as many Chicagoans know, the day’s historic significance has to do with labor. Most nations still use it to celebrate the rights of workers.</p><p>Today we’ll reflect on May Day issues with a conversation rooted in the rights of migrant workers who cross our southern border.</p><p>Jacob Lesniewski is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. His research focuses on improving work conditions for immigrant and other low-wage workers. He’s also an organizer for the group <a href="http://www.arisechicago.org">Arise Chicago</a>, an Interfaith group focused on worker issues. And Oscar Chacon is Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American &amp; Caribbean Communities knows as (<a href="http://www.nalacc.org/index.php?id=68&amp;L=1">NALACC</a>). Oscar’s dedicated to the pursuit of social and economic justice across borders, for migrant communities. Both participated last month in a conference at the University of Chicago titled, “<a href="http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/aboutssa/migrant_rights.shtml">Migrant Rights in an Era of Globalization: The Mexico-U.S. Case</a>.”</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-09/analyzing-rights-migrant-workers-who-cross-us-southern-border-85898 Burmese migrants in Thailand end up in 'Seafood Slavery' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-09/burmese-migrants-thailand-end-seafood-slavery-85899 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-01/97056266.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Much of the fish that ends up in American grocery stores and on your dinner plate once swam in the Gulf of Thailand. As the main supplier of seafood for the United States, Thailand's massive seafood industry attracts thousands of illegal immigrants from neighboring Burma, seeking under-the-table jobs. But most consumers are unaware the seafood they’re eating could have been caught by a seafood slave.</p><p>Patrick Winn reports. The story was provided by the <a href="http://www.prx.org/">Public Radio Exchange</a>.</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-09/burmese-migrants-thailand-end-seafood-slavery-85899