Sweatshop Watch

Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.sweatshopwatch.org
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Mission

Founded in 1995, Sweatshop Watch is a coalition of labor, community, civil rights, immigrant rights, women's, religious and student organizations, and individuals committed to eliminating the exploitation that occurs in sweatshops. We serve low wage workers, with a focus on garment workers in California, as well as nationally and globally. We believe that workers should be earning a living wage in a safe and decent working environment. Our accomplishments include: * winning justice for the El Monte, CA slave sweatshop workers, released in 1995 * raising the minimum wage in California in 1996 * hosting a living wage summit for garment worker advocates from around the world in 1998 * winning the country's toughest sweatshop reform law for California's 160,000 garment workers in 1999 * settling lawsuits in 1999 with several major retailers, who agreed to implment independent monitoring to prevent future worker abuses in their factories in Saipan * educating countless consumers through our Web site, newsletter and traveling photo exhibit.

Ruling year info

1996

Principal Officer

Ms. Marielena Hincapie

Main address

1250 S. Los Angeles St., #212

Los Angeles, CA 90015

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EIN

94-3243277

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Sweatshop Watch's programs include:

Public Policy Advocacy
* Pressuring companies operating in Saipan - the US' notorious island of sweatshops - to prevent future worker abuses by settling lawsuits against them and implementing an independent monitoring program.
* Educating California's 160,000 garment workers about their new rights under a sweatshop reform bill passed in 1999, and ensuring the Labor Commissioner enforces the law to its fullest extent.
* Providing resources to students in the anti-sweatshops movement, and mobilizing them to support the struggles of garment workers.

Public Education
Education through our web site (www.sweatshopwatch.org), newsletter, public actions and public speaking events.

Worker Education
Creating an independent, multi-ethnic garment workers center in Los Angeles - the nation's largest garment center - to educate and empower garment workers.

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Sweatshop Watch

Board of directors
as of 04/19/2006
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Marielena Hincapie

Katie Quan

Joannie Chang

Lora Jo Foo

Victor Narro

Veronica Carrizales

Julie Su

Linda Romero

Cristina Vasquez