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Xyza Bacani: Singapore Runaways

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A child labor victim from Myanmar closing the door of a shelter in Singapore for migrant workers who have run away from their employers. The address of the shelter is hidden from the public for the safety. Image by Xyza Bacani. Singapore, 2016.

A child labor victim from Myanmar closing the door of a shelter in Singapore for migrant workers who have run away from their employers. The address of the shelter is hidden from the public for the safety. Image by Xyza Bacani. Singapore, 2016.

Saturday, June 09, 2018 - 9:45AM
Johns Hopkins SAIS - Dupont Circle Campus
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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Award-winning street and documentary photographer Xyza Bacani speaks at the John Hopkins SAIS - Dupont Circle Campus on Saturday, June 9, 2018, as part of the Focus on the Story International Photo Festival.

Bacani focuses her talk on her Pulitzer Center-supported project, "Singapore Runaways," which dives into the world of migrant workers in Singapore and the exploitation and abuse some face. As part of her reporting, she uncovers a shelter in an undisclosed location, where hundreds of migrant workers from several other countries wait for their cases to be heard. Claims include physical and psychological abuse, human trafficking, and withholding of wages. 

Bacani's photography shines a light on this often overlooked population. "Singapore Runaways" fits into her larger global project on modern slavery, which examines the intersection between human rights and migration.

The Focus on the Story International Photo Festival takes place from Thursday, June 7 to Sunday, June 10, with workshops, panels, book signings, and photo walks offered. To learn more about the programming and to register click here.