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Assisting Trafficking Victims

Leopold's Story: In 2006, with a guestworker visa in hand, Leopoldo boarded a plane to North Carolina, where he believed he had secured a high-wage job planting pine trees for a U.S. company. Upon his arrival, however, the contractor forced Leopoldo and fellow workers into a van and drove them to the northeast. The contractor confiscated his passport and warned him not to leave the hovel-like apartment. Not knowing where to turn, Leopoldo was forced to work for paltry wages well under what was promised before he left Guatemala. At his wit’s end, he begged the employer to let him return to Guatemala. Once home, he contacted Global Workers for help. Within 48 hours, Global Workers assembled a top-level legal team, and facilitated the liberation of the remaining workers. Ultimately, the trafficked workers recovered a significant monetary victory and secured visas to remain in the United States permanently. 

To read more about this story, click here for Nina Bernstein's New York Times article, "Suit to Charge That Nursery Mistreated Laborers", from February 8, 2007.

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