Week One Recap

19 Jun

I am currently continuing today’s work in a cozy Scripps’ Motley-like coffee shop in Echo Park. Normally I would stay in the office after Tessa (my boss) leaves, but I grew tired of sitting at my desk and decided to take my assignments home – after asking for permission of course. So now I’m taking a break to appreciate this is nice change of scenery and to say:

Hello there!

I apologize for neglecting this blog last week. I just got into a rhythm of work, swimming, obsessing over delicious homemade Chinese meals, and falling fast asleep (swimming has definitely taken the life out me). It is such a dreadful sport and I ardently respect and despise swimming fanatics. After eight months of no exercise, onlookers and lifeguards often fear for my safety, but I swear I’m not drowning – at least not yet.

Needless to say I haven’t exactly enjoyed my time in the pool.

Let’s talk about the internship now.

The first week might not be particularly exciting for you simply because it was all an introduction! I  learned nearly all there is to know about CAST including everyone in the office and their roles. I also studied the history of human trafficking and I’m now trained to give a “Human Trafficking 101” presentation. Then there’s the fun intern activities such as making phone calls, planning events, folding shirts, translating documents, etc. Tessa and I also discussed my long-term goals for this summer! I’m currently reviewing a toolkit to help students start a CAST chapter or establish an alliance with the organization at college universities. I’m also in the process of creating a digital library to organize the CAST resources in the office. Oh and next week I start working at the shelter for survivors of trafficking! Tessa came up with a “Survivor Cookbook” project, which allows caucus members and shelter residents to share their favorite recipes and write a reflection about why their respective dishes are special to them. We would then compile the recipes and stories into a cookbook that is both meaningful and delicious!

That’s a basic overview of all the projects I’ve started this week. I’ll tell you more about them as I make progress!

Thanks for reading!

 

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Still feel like reading? Here’s some more food for thought!

“Farm workers are some of the poorest paid and most exploited workers within the US economy. They earn on average US$10,000 a year and are excluded from many of the fundamental labour rights guaranteed to most other US workers, including the right to organise and the right to overtime pay. Farm workers also lack health insurance, sick leave, pensions, and job security. These substandard conditions are the fertile ground that gives rise to forced labour in US fields.”

http://www.antislavery.org/english/

Here’s a short video illustrating labor trafficking in agriculture.

http://www.castla.org/agricultural-slavery-film

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