Domestic Workers

Positive Steps Toward Protecting House Cleaners, Nannies, and Other Domestic Workers

Blog Post — November 13, 2019
Nannies, housecleaners and health aides toil in private homes, behind closed doors, usually without onsite co-workers, and virtually without labor protections. All that makes them extremely vulnerable to labor trafficking. But two recent developments will go a long way toward helping keep this workforce safer in certain cities.

Systemic Change Matrix: Disrupting and Preventing Human Trafficking

Resource — May 31, 2018
This matrix depicts the 25 major types of human trafficking in the United States, cross-referenced with eight highlighted systems and industries.

Human Trafficking at Home

Blog Post — July 23, 2019

A new report, a joint project of Polaris and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, is an attempt to put legal and societal recommendations forward by compiling and sharing qualitative and quantitative information about the realities of life for domestic workers.

Human Trafficking at Home: Labor Trafficking of Domestic Workers

Resource — July 1, 2019
Isolated working conditions, limited legal protections and vulnerabilities mean that some domestic workers become victims of labor exploitation and trafficking.

Trafficking at Home: A Recent Texas Case Shows Gaping Holes in Response and Protections for Domestic Workers at Risk

Blog Post — April 30, 2019

The son of the president of Guinea and his wife were recently sentenced to seven years in prison for labor trafficking. The facts of the case are profoundly disturbing, but they are not in any way surprising.

The Typology of Modern Slavery: Defining Sex and Labor Trafficking in the United States

Resource — March 1, 2017
From sex trafficking to labor trafficking, the ways humans are exploited differ greatly. Each type has unique strategies for recruiting and controlling victims and concealing the crime.

Survivor Story: A Global Journey to Help Her Family

Blog Post — November 30, 2015

Lynette came to America for an exciting new opportunity, hoping to help her family back home. But when she arrived, her employers subjected her to threats and abuse.

Labor Trafficking in the U.S.: A Closer Look at Temporary Work Visas

Resource — October 1, 2015
Labor Trafficking in the U.S.: A Closer Look at Temporary Work Visas, provides crucial insight into the experiences of temporary visa workers in the U.S. and the barriers victims face in accessing help.

Survivor Story: Promised an Education, Forced to Work Instead

Blog Post — June 17, 2015

Thirteen year old Natalia was told by her parents she was moving to the U.S. with family friends who would allow her to receive an education and learn English. 

Survivor Story: Genocide Survivor to Labor Trafficking Victim

Blog Post — January 31, 2015

Upon coming to the United States with a wealthy family, Sabine was imprisoned in their home; unable to leave, she was made to work around the clock.

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