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New Participatory Research Manual Focused on Domestic Workers Released

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in The Blog | 0 comments

The Research Network for Domestic Worker Rights (RN-DWR) recently released a “A Participatory Research Manual on How Domestic Workers and Researchers can Jointly Conduct Research.” The goal of the project is to empower domestic workers by training them to conduct research on the issues that affect them.  By creating a step-by-step guide through all phases of the research process (research design, implementation, and analysis), the authors sought to  “address the frequent experiences of domestic workers who have been ‘studied’ by researchers who often demand time, ask difficult and intimate questions, and rarely return their results or give back to the domestic workers and their organizations.” The research manual can be downloaded...

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Thai Government Hires Washington Lobbyists to Avoid Downgrade in the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in The Blog | 0 comments

The US recently launched its 13th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report. According to project member Ann Gallagher, its influence is still “undeniable.” One of the reasons is that while governments may distrust the report and question its findings, they dread a negative assessment. For example, Thailand recently drew attention by retaining expensive Washington lobbyists in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to avoid a downgrade in this year’s TiP report. The Royal Thai embassy in Washington, DC even went so far as to issue a press release disagreeing with the State Department’s decision to downgrade it to the lowest ranking—instead highlighting the government’s “significant advances in prevention and suppression of human trafficking.” For more background and analysis...

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Check Out New Scholarship in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in The Blog | Comments Off

Two roundtable members, Denise Brennan and Dina Francesca Haynes, recently published articles in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (May 2014) edited by Ronald Weitzer and Sheldon X. Zhang. See the full Table of Contents for  additional scholarship on recent empirical research on human trafficking. Trafficking, Scandal, and Abuse of Migrant Workers in Argentina and the United States by Denise Brennan (Abstract) This article examines the varied consequences that the label “trafficked” holds for migrants and for the organizations that assist them. In the...

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