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Haiti’s Workers Still Struggling Five Years After Devastating Earthquake

Five years ago today an earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving another 1.5 million homeless. The disaster was followed by a string of tropical storms and a cholera epidemic that killed at least 8,000 people. Haiti is slowly rebuilding, albeit unevenly. More than 85,000 displaced Haitians still live in tent camps. Despite billions of dollars in international aid and philanthropy going to Haiti, poor management of the funds and rampant subcontracting has hindered the recovery. Workers and unions have been on the front lines in the reconstructions efforts in Haiti providing direct assistance, with unions like AFT and the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center leading numerous aid and relief projects.

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Struggling for Human Rights, Achieving Women's Empowerment

Struggling for Human Rights, Achieving Women's Empowerment

Each year on Dec. 10, the global community marks International Human Rights Day, anchored in the founding document of the United Nations, which asserts that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights. 

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Court Orders Dominican Republic to Recognize Citizenship

Children born in the Dominican Republic with Haitian parents regained their citizenship rights. Photo: Ricardo Rojas

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered the Dominican Republic to reform all national laws blocking the recognition of citizenship for children of undocumented parents born in the country.

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Two Leading Labor Activists Receive Global Recognition for Work

Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, with children. Photo: www.kailashsatyarthi.net

Activists’ hard work fighting for workers’ rights often goes unrecognized. This week, however, two leading labor activists received global recognition for their defense of vulnerable workers and innovative organizing and advocacy campaigns. The AFL-CIO applauds our long-standing partners Kailash Satyarthi and Alejandra Ancheita.

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1 Year After Rana Plaza, Survivors, Families Struggle to Survive

Families of those killed at Rana Plaza gathered yesterday at the site of the collapse. None of the families pictured have received compensation. Photo: Solidarity Center

One year ago today, as the walls of the multistory Rana Plaza building collapsed around her, Moriom Begum was trapped, injured and unable to move in the dark, surrounded by the lifeless bodies of her co-workers.

To donate to the workers directly, contribute to the Bangladesh Worker Rights Defense Fund

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Dominican Citizenship Ruling Creates Stateless Underclass

Dominican Citizenship Ruling Creates Stateless Underclass

In the Dominican Republic, you can be stripped of your citizenship even if you were born there. In September 2013, the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court concluded that individuals who are unable to prove their parents’ regular migration status can be retroactively stripped of their citizenship.

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Report: 202 Million People Out of Work in 2013

Report: 202 Million People Out of Work in 2013

Nearly 202 million people were unemployed in 2013 around the world, some 5 million more than in 2012, because the number of jobs is not keeping pace with the growing workforce. As the world’s elite meet in Davos, Switzerland, this week to discuss global economics, the International Labor Organization released its annual jobs report, showing how much work must be done to ensure workers can support themselves and their families.

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Homicide Charges Filed in Bangladesh Clothing Factory Fire Where 112 Died

The owners of the Bangladesh sweatshop garment factory where 112 workers were killed in a fire last year have been charged with homicide. Bloomberg News reports that Delwar Hossain and his wife, owners of Tazreen Fashion Ltd., and the company’s engineer were among 13 people charged under two sections of the law, including homicide.

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Send Solidarity Greetings to Bangladeshi Garment Workers

Following the Tazreen fire, thousands protested deadly working conditions in Bangladesh garment factories. Photo: BIGUF

A year ago, 112 garment workers were killed in a fire at the Tazreen Fashion Ltd. factory—and a thousand others were injured in the scramble to escape a building with no fire escapes and firmly barred windows.

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Tazreen Factory Fire: A Year Later, Survivors Feel Forgotten

Tazreen Factory Fire: A Year Later, Survivors Feel Forgotten

In interviews with the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center staff in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, many survivors said they were so injured in the blaze and escape from the building that they are unable to work again. Yet the compensation they received after the disaster—if they received any assistance at all—was not sufficient to cover initial medical bills, let alone pay for the expensive, ongoing care many need. Some were the sole breadwinners and, without the ability to work and with no financial assistance to see them through their recoveries, their families often go hungry, they cannot afford to send their children to school and many even risk losing their homes.

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