Domestic Workers Justice Initiative

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Investment Industry/ Human Trafficking Overlap

The Problem

One of the developed world’s worst trafficking situations…

Has near 100% overlap with private equity ecosystem firms

FACT #1:  More than 75% of migrant domestic workers are charged illegal recruitment fees and most suffer abuse by their employers

FACT #2:  More than 75% of expatriate executive families hire these migrant domestic workers

FACT #3:  We have documented many cases of abuse by private equity ecosystem executives.

Result:  By failing to act, Private equity ecosystem firms have:

  • Put their expatriate executives at risk of being party to a transaction that includes a trafficking-related felony
  • Put their clients at risk of violating their pledges of “zero-tolerance” for trafficking in their supply chains
  • Potentially violated their own ethics representations

The Solution

We propose a program in which the domestic worker is interviewed by an expert who determines if any illegal fees were paid and who serves as her contact in the case of contract violations. This solution is modeled on a US State Department program covering domestic workers brought into the US by foreign diplomats. It has proven highly effective at deterring abuse at little financial cost and with minimal intrusion into anyone’s personal life.

DWJI Campaign Goals:

  • Expose these criminal acts
  • Work with Institutional investors to remediate them

The Campaign

Our Campaign proposes a modified version of the State Department’s 3 P Program to discourage the criminal abuse of domestic workers brought into the US by foreign diplomats.

Prevention: The worker meets privately with the host country expert to understand her rights and is given the expert’s contact information in case of abuse. The diplomat employer is given training on the appropriate treatment of domestic workers.

Protection: The expert provides alternative dispute resolution mechanisms when problems arise and may encourage compensation to the worker if appropriate.

Prosecution: Referring allegations of exploitation to law enforcement for investigation. Note: DWJI prefers a conciliatory approach and believes its CARE proposal is a sufficient deterrent to abuse in this context.

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