Trafficking Victims Launch Hunger Strike

Workers allege they were lured to the U.S. under false pretenses.

From ImmigrationProf Blog

May 12, 2008

[Indian Guest Workers, Survivors of Labor Trafficking Launching
Hunger Strike in Front of White House to Demand Protection Under the
Trafficking Victims Protection Act]

Stephen Boykewich, Media Director, New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice: (504) 655-0876,

On Wednesday, May 14th, at 10 a.m., a group of Indian guest workers
who broke an 18-month US-Indian labor trafficking chain earlier this
year will launch a hunger strike to demand that the US government grant
them Continued Presence in the United States under the Trafficking
Vicitims Protection Act to participate in an ongoing Department of
Justice investigation into alleged labor trafficking by Northrop
Grumman subcontractor Signal International and US and Indian recruiters.

Six of the more than 500 workers will launch a water-only hunger
strike in Lafayette Park in view of the White House on Wednesday with a
press event including allies from US labor unions and civil rights
organizations. Approximately 30 more workers will be joining the hunger
strike over the next two weeks. The workers are members of the Alliance
of Guest Workers for Dignity, a grassroots project of the New Orleans
Workers’ Center for Racial Justice [NOWCRJ]

WHAT: Launch of hunger strike by Indian labor trafficking survivors
WHEN: 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
WHERE: Lafayette Park, 16th Street and Pennsylvania Ave, north of White House



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