Josephine’s Story: she cannot both live with her family and support it

March 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

I was shocked after reading both Essay 48 and Essay 49, but not surprised. I am disgusted that an employer, a human rights lawyer nonetheless, confiscated his worker’s passport, forced her to work more than 12 hour long days for less than 1 dollar per hour, and allowed a friend of his to rape her subsequently refusing to take her to a hospital to receive medical care.

As detailed by Joy M. Zarembka, the epicenter of this oppression and exploitation in the U.S. is Washington D.C. I don’t know any families around here who employ immigrant domestic workers, but I’m sure there are some in our area (just not as many as in D.C. or other lager cities). Still, even if this issue does not seem to apply to us or have presence in our area, shouldn’t we all be enraged?

The biggest roadblocks to helping immigrant women who are already in bad situations and keeping women from entering them are our laws and social support systems, or the lack thereof. As we all know or at least should know, laws in this country to protect and improve the lives of individuals are only created and implemented when enough people demand it.

A big step would be to enact similar procedures and regulations with A-3, B-1, and G-5 visas like those with J-1 visas. In the meantime get angry. I know I am.

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