Empowering Workers to Improve Conditions at Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects

Empowering Workers to Improve Conditions at Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects

Debt bondage, appalling working conditions and the death of nearly 1,000 migrant workers at construction sites in Qatar—in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup in 2022—have focused the world’s attention on labor abuses at high-profile construction projects. The construction of New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus in the United Arab Emirates has also been the subject of recent allegations of harsh working conditions, and China’s construction industry has long been dogged by health- and safety-related deaths.

Unaccompanied Children: Violence and Conditions in Central American Agriculture Linked to Border Crisis

Unaccompanied Children: Violence and Conditions in Central American Agriculture Linked to Border Crisis

Verité research has documented the ways in which high levels of violent crime and the incursion of maras (street gangs) and Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) have displaced a large number of Guatemalans from their homes and forced them to migrate. The Northern Triangle of Central America is the most violent region in the world; Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala are first, fourth, and fifth in the world, respectively, in terms of homicide rates. In the case of Guatemala, which registered the bloodiest civil war in all of Latin America with over 200,000 killed, today the per capita rate of killing surpasses the rate of killing during the civil war.