El Monte Garment Workers: Exhibition Opening and Anniversary Celebration

El Monte Garment Workers: Exhibition Opening and Anniversary Celebration

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Museum of Social Justice

115 Paseo De La Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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The exhibition opening and anniversary celebration of the historic Thai El Monte garment workers case.

About this event

Join the Museum of Social Justice and the Thai Community Development Center in celebrating the exhibition and anniversary of the Thai El Monte Garment Workers, the first recognized case of modern-day slavery in the United States.

The commemorative celebration will commence outside in Kiosko Plaza at 5:00 p.m. followed by a viewing of the exhibtion inside the Museum.

For the safety of others we ask that all guests wear a mask.

About the exhibition

Thai El Monte Garment Workers: The Return of Slavery and Trafficking in the Modern Era

Twenty-six years ago, 72 Thai nationals were held as indentured servants under the threat of violence in a highly guarded compound in El Monte, California. On August 2, 1995, a team of law enforcement and officials, and Chanchanit Martorell from Thai CDC raided the compound, rescuing the workers from the captors.

This commemorative exhibition shares the complete story of the Thai garment workers, aims to bring awareness of the prevalence of human trafficking of foreign nationals into the U.S. for sexual exploitation and slave labor, and to share the important role that California played in sparking garment industry reforms, creating legislation to protect worker rights, and launching a global movement against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.

Additionally, this project was made in partnership with the Museum of Social Justice, Thai Community Development Center, CSUN Impact DesignHub, and UCLA Asian American Studies Center.