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Buyer beware… or not…

A case of slavery, a buyer’s silence, and the Fair Food Program… In our last post, we shared the news of last week’s $3.5 million judgment against Reyes Tapia-Ortiz, a crewleader who was sued for, among other things, having “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 legal wages, sexually harassing a female worker, and falsely imprisoning then facilitating the deportation of a worker who stopped working for him,” according to Susan French, a lead attorney for the plaintiffs […]

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“Human Trafficking: 6 Solutions that Are Working”…

Following a 14-part global series on labor trafficking, Christian Science Monitor picks six “solutions that are working,” and the Fair Food Program tops the list!Last Thanksgiving week, Christian Science Monitor published an in-depth article on the exploitation of farmworkers in the US and the unprecedented progress that has taken place in Florida’s fields thanks to the Fair Food Program.  That article was part of a 14-part series taking a look at the many ways communities and governments are working to stem the growing tide of human trafficking across the globe, including efforts to increase supply chain transparency, labor trafficking lawsuits in […]

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What a year it was! 2015 Fair Food Year in Review…

After a year packed with such spectacular highlights, 2016 promises to be a pivotal year for the Fair Food movement…It’s that time of year again, when we take a moment to look back on the events of the past year — on the remarkable progress we have all made together in just twelve short months — and to reflect on what new advances, and challenges, the year ahead might hold for the Fair Food movement.2015 was a banner year in the fight for Fair Food, so much so that choosing which stories to highlight was no easy task!  The year wasn’t a week old […]

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U.S. State Department 2015 Anti-Slavery Heroes visit Immokalee!

“TIP” Heroes share struggles to combat modern-day slavery across the globe with farmworkers in Immokalee, learn about Fair Food Program and worker-led efforts to defend fundamental human rights…Every year, thousands of engaged, dedicated individuals — people of all faiths, campus leaders, human rights activists, award-winning authors, and journalists — come through the small, dusty town of Immokalee to learn about the CIW and the Fair Food Program, as well as to share their own efforts for justice with CIW members. Two weeks ago, however, we were fortunate enough to host some very special visitors whose contributions to the global human […]

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Fair Food movement gains key new ally in campaign to demand respect for human rights in Publix supply chain!

International anti-slavery champion Walk Free to mobilize network of 2 million activists, call on Publix to “join the Fair Food Program and ensure our tomatoes meet the highest human rights standards in the food industry.”

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White House recognizes CIW’s Fair Food Program!

CIW’s early anti-slavery efforts called “spark that ignited a movement” at White House ceremony… At the first-ever White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking last week — an event that involved everyone from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State John Kerry — the CIW and the Fair Food Program were front and center. The Fair Food Program was singled out in a major new report of recommendations to the President as “one of the most successful and innovative programs” in the world today in the fight to uncover — and prevent — […]

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Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Wendy’s…

… it tolls for you, now, and just in time for the annual shareholder meeting! In Haitian Creole, there is a proverb for those who bury they heads in the sand when danger is near: Le bab kamarad ou pran dife, met pa w’ a la tranp… When your neighbor’s beard catches on fire, it’s time to soak your own. In other words, when you see trouble coming your way, do whatever you need to do to keep it from knocking on your door. Well, this past month, Wendy’s would have done well to pay heed to those Haitian words […]

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Recipe for Slavery: Take US farm labor relations, add “guestworker” visas, and voila… Forced labor!

Federal prosecutors in Honolulu unseal indictment charging forced labor ring active in 13 states including — yet again — Florida Multi-state operation involves guestworker recruiting giant Global Horizons in what prosecutors are calling “the largest human trafficking case in US history”… Labor Day weekend will be celebrated with a little more meaning this year by 400 farmworkers from around the country whose bosses were charged yesterday by Justice Department officials in Hawaii with “conspiracy to commit human trafficking.” Six people in the US were charged in the case, including four employees of Global Horizons Manpower, Inc, a labor recruiting company […]

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Florida Modern-Day Slavery Museum on National Mall, Washington, D.C.

June 15-16, 2010 photos by Fritz Myer

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SixL’s Injunction Report


FLORIDA LEGAL SERVICES, INC, a Florida Corporation, and AROLDO LOPEZ, Plantiffs,

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