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NEW VIDEO: CNN posts bonus video on CIW’s Modern-day Slavery Museum…

Just last month, the CNN Freedom Project — an award-winning, cutting edge investigative team of journalists who produce remarkable stories on modern-day slavery worldwide, run by CNN International — published three excellent videos on the CIW.  The first was a powerful report on the Fair Food Program and its deep, daily impact on workers’ lives, with a particular focus on its record of ending violence against women in the fields; the second, an essay on the Campaign for Fair Food and the Wendy’s Boycott; and the third, a video on the CIW’s award-winning Anti-Slavery Program.  Then, just over a week ago, the CNN team released a fourth excellent short film […]

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CNN on FFP, Part III: “When we get calls from outside the Fair Food Program, it is heartbreaking”…

CNN Freedom Project: “There are roughly 30,000 people currently working on Fair Food Program farms and receiving all the protections and benefits outlined in the agreements.  But, there’s still a long way to go to bringing the rest of the country onboard.”Today we bring you the third and final installment of the extraordinary CNN report on the Fair Food Program, “How America’s ‘ground-zero’ for modern slavery was cleaned up by workers’ group.”  This third video focuses on the history of the CIW’s anti-slavery efforts, and on the development and expansion of the Fair Food Program as the principal means for eliminating […]

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CNN on Fair Food Program: “How America’s ‘ground-zero’ for modern slavery was cleaned up by workers’ group…”

Alejandrina Carrera, worker on FFP farm: “You’re not going to be harassed, you’re not going to be insulted, you’re not going to be forced to work. There’s more respect now.”In an exceptional video series, CNN Freedom Project lifts up FFP as “most comprehensive social responsibility program in U.S. agriculture”…This week, the award-winning team at the CNN Freedom Project — a new series designed to “amplify the voices of the victims of modern-day slavery, highlight success stories and help unravel the tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life” — turned its spotlight on the CIW and the Fair Food Program, and the result is nothing short […]

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$3.5 million judgment closes books on yet another forced labor case in Florida’s fields…

Newest case marks ninth forced labor operation brought to justice by CIW’s Anti-Slavery Program since 1997, demonstrates enduring perils of fields beyond the reach of the Fair Food Program…On February 10, a Federal District Court Judge in Ft. Myers, Florida, ordered Reyes Tapia-Ortiz, a crewleader for Clewiston, FL-based C&C Farms, to pay $3.5 million dollars in damages to five farmworkers from Mexico and Guatemala.  Last year, the court found that Tapia-Ortiz had, “engaged in forced labor and related offenses by brandishing a gun, threatening to harm and deport workers for complaining about conditions and not being paid for all their work at […]

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European governments take note of Fair Food Program’s power to resolve longstanding human rights conflicts…

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) publishes brief on Fair Food Program in quarterly magazine…In an effort to provide a forum for economic cooperation and reduce tensions during the height of the Cold War, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was formed in 1975 in Helsinki, Finland.  Since then, it has expanded to include 57 member states — including the US — from Europe, Central Asia, and North America.  Today the OSCE has grown to become “the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization” with a mandate that includes “issues such as arms control and the promotion of human rights, freedom of the […]

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month marked by sentencing in FFP forced labor prosecution…

In one of his last official acts in office, President Obama signed an eloquent statement on the scourge of slavery that has plagued this country, in one form or another, for centuries, declaring January “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.”  The statement began:BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATIONOur Nation wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that nearly tore us apart — its fundamental notion in direct contradiction with our founding premise that we are all created equal. The courageous individuals who rejected such cruelty helped us overcome one of the most […]

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Running from Responsibility: Wendy’s flees Florida rather than support Fair Food Program’s human rights advances…

 While Fair Food Program farms in Florida continue to raise the bar for human rights in the US agricultural industry, outrageous human rights violations on farms outside the Program continue to fester.Why then has Wendy’s abandoned the Florida tomato industry altogether?  And where are they buying their tomatoes today?Last month, when consumers across the country called on Wendy’s to show farmworkers some love on Valentine’s Day and join the Fair Food Program, many Fair Food activists picked up their phones and called Wendy’s headquarters directly to express their concerns.  What they heard was a bit of a shock, to put it […]

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Extreme Makeover: Florida tomato industry edition…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#Florida tomato industry makeover – a 2 pt reflection…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=18988″] In the space of just a few years, the CIW’s Fair Food Program has transformed the Florida tomato industry and created a “model” for the protection of human rights in global supply chains “elsewhere in the world.” How could something so good for business make the US Chamber of Commerce so mad?  A reflection in two parts… Introduction In January of this year, the CIW signed its twelfth Fair Food agreement with a multi-billion dollar food industry leader, this time with the multi-billion-dollar-est of them all, Walmart. Walmart representatives John […]

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Out with the old…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#HappyNewYear! Take a look back at #FairFoodNation during busy & wildly successful #2013 ” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=17719″] Not so fast!  We take a look back at 2013 — the year the Fair Food Program proved its mettle and won acclaim from the White House to the United Nations — before heading into what is sure to be a huge 2014… The New Year is upon us.  The holidays are over, students are back at school, workers back at work, and the Fair Food Program — which never really takes a holiday — is ready for a busy new year of education, […]

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CIW invited to speak in Geneva at United Nations!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@CIW to speak at #UnitedNations at Forum on Business & #HumanRights and @TrustWomenConf!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=17157″] CIW to also address the “Trust Women” Conference in London in first week of December, as the Fair Food Program’s growing reputation for effective human rights protection crosses the Atlantic… Back in May of this year, a delegation from the United Nations Working Group traveled to Immokalee and met with workers, growers, a buyer and representatives of the CIW and the Fair Food Standards Council in a fact-finding visit to study the unique structure and effectiveness of the Fair Food Program.  Here’s what they said […]

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