Freeing Ourselves From Prison Sweatshops: Thai Garment Workers Speak Out

Julie Su

Eighty Thai women and men were enslaved for years in a former apartment building in El Monte, CA.  Even after the discovery of the slave complex in 1995, they and their supporters had to fight for their freedom, immigration status and damages from those responsible for their plight and exploitation in this horrific garment sweatshop. The bravery of the workers and creative legal and legislative advocacy led to a major victory for the workers and new laws to protect workers against sweatshops.

 

 

 

 

 

Unit Plan
 
Subject
English
Grade
6-12
Topic

Thai Garment Workers Speak Out

Stories

Freeing Ourselves From Prison Sweatshops: Thai Garment Workers Speak Out

 
Access Other Curricular Resources BY SUBJECT or BY GRADE

HELPLINES

Advancing Justice-LA Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: discrimination, family, immigration, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights. 

English: 888.349.9695
中文: 800.520.2356
한글: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ภาษาไทย: 800.914.9583
Tiếng Việt: 714.477.2958

 

Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.