I remember exactly where I was on the night of November 4, 2008. It was a Virginia strip mall restaurant, where a group of organizers who had come from around the country to help people get to the polls on election day. Like many Americans, my eyes were glued to the television screen as I watched Barack Obama take the stage in Chicago.
It was a thrilling moment, all the more so because he wasn’t just another elected official, born into a political family. He was one of us. As a...
Beyond survival: lessons from domestic worker organising campaigns against human trafficking and labour exploitation
01/16/2017 | Sameera Hafiz | openDemocracy
Anti-trafficking campaigns can help to tip the scales towards justice, but they will only succeed if they are grounded in the lived experiences of survivors and oriented towards systemic solutions.
...though many mainstream anti-trafficking campaigns have had beneficial effects. They have raised the issue of human trafficking on a global scale, and have helped to encourage national and international action to protect victims. However, they also suffer from serious limitations, which...
My first job in the U.S. was cleaning houses in the wealthy part of New York's Long Island.
Inside the marbled halls of America's expensive homes, I encountered challenges that shocked me, but were no different than the experiences of workers in Donald Trump's real estate business. For three years, I worked 16-hour days almost every day for less than $400 per month. I was underpaid and isolated.