"The Fishing Industry's Cruelest Catch,"
E. Benjamin Skinner, February 20, 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek
on D.C.'s Embassy
<Photo: Embassy row,
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References & Resources
Remarks by State Secretary Hillary Clinton at the President's Interagency Task for to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, February 1, 2011, relative to diplomatic immunity
U.S. State Department's
Bureau of Diplomatic
Security: Human Smuggling
and Trafficking Center
Council on Baltic Sea States TF-THB Handbook for Diplomatic and Consular Personnel on how to assist and protect victims of human trafficking
"Achieving Accountability for Migrant Domestic Worker Abuse," Janie A. Chuang, 2010.
"Human trafficking allegations test diplomatic immunity," Traver Riggins, April 28, 2011, iWatchNews, Center for Public Integrity
"Crimes of untouchable diplomats accused of sex assaults, human trafficking and £36million in unpaid fines," Kirsty Walker, June 29, 2010, DailyMail.co.uk
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Map of U.S. Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.
Modern Day Slavery
on D.C.'s Embassy Row?
Time, June 14, 2010
By E. Benjamin Skinner, with reporting by Lindsay Markel
In Washington on Monday, Hillary Clinton unveiled the State Department's 10th annual report on modern-day slavery, which evaluates the efforts of every nation to combat the crime. For the first time, State ranked the antislavery efforts of the U.S. alongside those of 174 other countries. The U.S. rated itself as being in full compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). But the report appears to have ignored a new congressional mandate to identify specific cases of countries whose diplomats allegedly harbored slaves within a few miles of Clinton's remarks — even though it indicates that such cases exist.
The congressional mandate was prompted in part by the abuses of a Tanzanian diplomat named Alan Mzengi, who was Minister of Consular Affairs at his country's embassy in Washington. In a January 2008 ruling, a U.S. district court judge found that Mzengi and his wife forced a 20-year-old woman named Zipora Mazengo into domestic slavery in their six-bedroom Bethesda, Md., home. In her April 2007 lawsuit against the couple, Mazengo, by then 27, said that as soon as she arrived from Tanzania in June 2000, the diplomat confiscated her passport and her employment contract. For the next four years, Mazengo said, the Mzengis forced her to perform domestic work 112 hours per week for no pay. At night she shared a room with the Mzengis' infant, one of three children under her responsibility.
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