Upcoming Webinars

VOICES FROM THE LITIGATION FRONTLINES: Combating Forced Labor in the Contstruction Industry
Thursday, July 8, 2021
10:00am -11:00am EST | 3:00pm-4:00pm BST | 7:30-8:30pm IST

In May 2021, a U.S. federal court entered a US $5.91 million default judgment (available here) in favor of seven Chinese construction workers that were subjected to forced labor by the Chinese-owned casino operator Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC (“IPI”) on the Pacific island of Saipan, part of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. IPI appeared in the case, but disobeyed the court’s orders to preserve and produce e-discovery. The court’s judgment awarded $2.95 million in compensatory damages to the seven plaintiffs and an additional $2.95 million in punitive damages.

The court described IPI’s mistreatment of the workers as “appalling,” and noted that “IPI was the driving force” behind the “egregious conditions” faced by the plaintiffs, all “while benefiting from” that exploitation. The plaintiffs had previously reached settlements with the subsidiaries of two Chinese contractors on the project, MCC (a state-owned firm) and Gold Mantis (a publicly-traded company). Join us for a discussion of the case with Aaron Halegua, plaintiffs’ counsel, and combating forced labor in the construction industry.

SURVIVOR LEADERSHIP SERIES: Racism & the Anti-Trafficking Movement
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

In 2021, a coalition of survivor leaders and the Human Trafficking Legal Center conducted a survey on racism in the anti-trafficking movement. The survey, distributed in multiple languages, sought to learn more about the impact of systemic and structural racism experienced by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) trafficking survivors.

More than 80 survivor participants responded to the survey. Their answers provided insight into their lived experience navigating support services, legal issues, health care, and the anti-trafficking community.

Watch this important conversation led by the four survivor leaders who conducted the survey as they discuss integrating inclusion and equity in the ani-trafficking community.

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