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Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan

Southern Poverty Law Center reported that it won justice for a group of Indian workers who suffered outrageous abuses in a labor trafficking scheme engineered by a Gulf Coast marine services company and its agents. After a seven-year legal battle – and a grueling four-week trial in New Orleans – a federal jury found that Signal International and its agents engaged in labor trafficking, forced labor, fraud, racketeering, false imprisonment and discrimination. The jury award was $14 Million!

The clients were among about 500 skilled workers lured to Gulf Coast shipyards by false promises of permanent U.S. residency. Many went deeply into debt to pay recruiting fees of more than $10,000 each. When they arrived at Signal’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, they were shocked to learn they wouldn’t receive the green cards they had been promised.

Instead, they were forced to live in guarded labor camps where up to 24 men bunked in a space the size of a double-wide trailer. And Signal forced them to each pay more than $1,000 a month in rent. Certainly this verdict sends a powerful message to Corporate labor traffickers.

In Nebraska, LB268, a bill to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life without parole, has been introduced, and a hearing for the bill will come before the Judiciary Committee on March 4.That day the National Association Against the Death Penalty has planned a Lobby Day with supporters gathering from throughout the state to meet with their legislators at lunch in the capitol and attend the hearing. The struggle is not over in Nebraska by any means. Our supporters know that the next few months are crucial and will involve great effort. If you want to become involved in this historic movement, email us at info@nadp.net. This is the time to abolish the death penalty one state at a time

 

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