Latest Forced labor News

California’s Black legislators make case for reparations bills while launching statewide tour

Jun. 18, 2024 10:26 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several members of California’s Legislative Black Caucus launched a statewide tour in San Diego Saturday to promote a slate of 14 reparations bills, including a measure that could change the state constitution to end forced prison labor. That measure and several...

Boston pizza shop owner convicted of forced labor against employees in the country illegally

Jun. 07, 2024 19:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of two Boston-area pizza shops was convicted of forced labor on Friday for using physical violence and threats of reprisal or deportation against employees living in the country illegally to make them work long hours, sometimes seven days a week. Prosecutors...

Sen. Cory Booker questions US prison labor policies, calls for change

May. 21, 2024 23:45 PM EDT

Prisoners should be learning professional skills that help prepare them for their release instead of being forced to work, sometimes picking crops in triple-digit heat for pennies an hour or nothing at all, Sen. Cory Booker said at a Senate judiciary subcommittee hearing on prison labor Tuesday. ...

Senate report finds parts made with China's forced labor in cars by BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and VW

May. 20, 2024 15:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen have bought parts made by a Chinese company sanctioned under a 2021 law for using forced labor, a Senate inquiry found, prompting lawmakers to call for stricter enforcement. The automakers responded to the Senate report,...

Takeaways from the AP's investigation into how US prisoners are hurt or killed on the job

May. 16, 2024 15:29 PM EDT

A sweeping Associated Press investigation into prison labor in the United States found that prisoners who are hurt or killed on the job are often being denied the rights and protections offered to other American workers. These prisoners are being placed in dangerous jobs, sometimes...

US prisoners are being assigned dangerous jobs. But what happens if they are hurt or killed?

May. 16, 2024 15:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Blas Sanchez was nearing the end of a 20-year stretch in an Arizona prison when he was leased out to work at Hickman’s Family Farms, which sells eggs that have ended up in the supply chains of huge companies like McDonald’s, Target and Albertsons. While assigned to a machine...

EU, UN reschedule launch of anti-human trafficking project in Cambodia after questions about venue

May. 01, 2024 06:36 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The European Union and United Nations abruptly rescheduled the launch of an anti-human trafficking program this week after being confronted with questions on the choice of venue: a Phnom Penh hotel owned by a Cambodian tycoon who has another property that has been used...

House Speaker Mike Johnson is negotiating with White House to advance Ukraine aid

Apr. 12, 2024 11:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Mike Johnson is negotiating with the White House as he prepares for the treacherous task of advancing wartime funding for Ukraine and Israel through the House, a top House Republican said Thursday. House Republican Leader Steve Scalise told reporters...

House Speaker Mike Johnson is negotiating with White House to advance Ukraine aid

Apr. 11, 2024 21:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Mike Johnson is negotiating with the White House as he prepares for the treacherous task of advancing wartime funding for Ukraine and Israel through the House, a top House Republican said Thursday. House Republican Leader Steve Scalise told reporters...

House Speaker Mike Johnson negotiating with White House to advance Ukraine aid

Apr. 11, 2024 20:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Mike Johnson is negotiating with the White House as he prepares for the treacherous task of advancing wartime funding for Ukraine and Israel through the House, a top House Republican said Thursday. House Republican Leader Steve Scalise told reporters...