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Letter from El Monte sweatshop, 1990s

Letter from El Monte sweatshop, 1990s

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Description
This letter, written in Thai, belonged to a worker in the El Monte sweatshop.
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
Object Name
Letter, With Envelope
date made
1995
place made
United States: California
Associated Place
United States: California, Los Angeles
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 x 6;
ID Number
1997.0268.11
accession number
1997.0268
catalog number
1997.0268.11
Credit Line
U.S. Department of Justice. Immigration and Naturalization Service
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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