Justice for Filipino Trafficked Teachers
Since 2003, batches of teachers from the Philippines have been illegally recruited and trafficked to the U.S. Case complaints have been reported to the Philippine Embassy officials in the past via the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), however, the response from the Philippine government has been inadequate and unsatisfactory.
The Justice for Filipino Trafficked Teachers campaign under GABRIELA USA was launched on March 17, 2014 on the death anniversary of Flor Contemplacion, Filipino domestic worker in Singapore who was accused of the supposed murder of her employer and then executed. Like Flor, thousands of Filipinos leave the Philippines in search for working opportunities to support themselves and their families. Due to the lack of genuine land reform, national industrialization, and underemployment, the socio-economic crisis in the home country leaves Filipinos no choice but to go abroad. As forced migration continues this cycle, the Philippine Government remains unresponsive and neglects to protect the rights and welfare of our overseas kababayan.
Since having launched the Filipino Trafficked Teachers campaign, GABRIELA USA mass organizations recognize trafficked teachers from other states in the U.S. have been coming forward in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. There are over one hundred teachers still in the Philippines who are victims by the same recruiter, Isidro Rodriguez, and have united together to form GURO, or “Grupo ng mga Gurong Umuusig kay Rodriguez,” with Migrante International to extend the campaign to the home country in order to seek justice for all victims.
The GURO group has been successful in filing cases against Rodriguez under the Department of Justice in the Philippines via the Inter-Agency Council Against Human Trafficking (IACAT). We encourage allies and public supporters to join the teachers in their struggle for justice!
For more information regarding the case of the trafficked teachers,
please see the FACT SHEET for J4 Filipino Trafficked Teachers.
Prosecute Isidro Rodriguez and Investigate Philippine Government Institutions NOW!
Just reparations for trafficked victims!
Cancel teachers’ high interest loans NOW!
Hold accountable loan sharks in cahoots with Isidro Rodriguez!
Immigration Relief for trafficked victims in the U.S.!
We are Women Workers, We are NOT Slaves!
Stop Imperialist Exploitation & End Modern Day Slavery of Migrant Workers!
STOP Forced Migration of Our People! End the Labor Export Policy!
Justice for Filipino Teachers and their families!