Law Enforcement Photos

The El Monte sweatshop raid was conducted by a multi-agency task force including agents from the California Labor Commissioner's office, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (DOL), the Los Angeles and El Monte police, the Los Angeles city attorney's office, California's Employment Development Division,  and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Many of the law enforcement agencies took photographs or videos during the raid and in the weeks afterwards. The NMAH collection includes photographs from the California Department of Industrial Relations, INS, and DOL.

 

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These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
ID Number
1996.0292.43.4.3
catalog number
1996.0292.43.4.3
accession number
1996.0292
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1995
ID Number
1996.0292.43
accession number
1996.0292
catalog number
1996.0292.43
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
ID Number
1996.0292.43.4.4
catalog number
1996.0292.43.4.4
accession number
1996.0292
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
ID Number
1996.0292.43.4.2
catalog number
1996.0292.43.4.2
accession number
1996.0292
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
ID Number
1996.0292.43.5.7
catalog number
1996.0292.43.5.7
accession number
1996.0292
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
ID Number
1996.0292.43.5.6
catalog number
1996.0292.43.5.6
accession number
1996.0292
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
ID Number
1996.0292.43.4.1
catalog number
1996.0292.43.4.1
accession number
1996.0292
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
ID Number
1996.0292.43.1.1
catalog number
1996.0292.43.1.1
accession number
1996.0292
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
ID Number
1996.0292.43.5.3
catalog number
1996.0292.43.5.3
accession number
1996.0292
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
ID Number
1996.0292.43.5.5
catalog number
1996.0292.43.5.5
accession number
1996.0292
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.02.3
catalog number
1997.0268.24.02.3
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.04.3
catalog number
1997.0268.24.04.3
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.05.1
catalog number
1997.0268.24.05.1
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.06.1
catalog number
1997.0268.24.06.1
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops.Currently not on view
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.10.3
catalog number
1997.0268.24.10.3
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.09.1
catalog number
1997.0268.24.09.1
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.02.1
catalog number
1997.0268.24.02.1
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.04.1
catalog number
1997.0268.24.04.1
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.07.1
catalog number
1997.0268.24.07.1
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.08.1
catalog number
1997.0268.24.08.1
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.01.1
catalog number
1997.0268.24.01.1
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.02.2
catalog number
1997.0268.24.02.2
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.02.4
catalog number
1997.0268.24.02.4
accession number
1997.0268
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshopsOn August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California.
Description
These negatives illustrate the inhumane working and living conditions of people that worked in sweatshops
On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1995
maker
Bonner, Phil
ID Number
1997.0268.24.02.5
catalog number
1997.0268.24.02.5
accession number
1997.0268

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