In These Times – Don’t Celebrate Yet: Warning Letter Didn’t Halt Wage Theft in New Mexico Fields

Following an investigation I conducted for In These Times last year that exposed wage theft in New Mexico’s chile fields, it looked as though New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) was taking action to ensure that chileros (chile pickers) and other farmworkers in the state were finally going to get the pay they’re legally…

The Monitor – Challenges remain in fighting human trafficking in Texas

Human trafficking is a problem, experts say, but how to combat it remains a problem unto itself. “The crime is hidden,” said Noël Busch-Armendariz, director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Our best knowledge about human trafficking in Texas tells us that human trafficking happens in Rio…