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Regulating the Human Supply Chain

Lecture | March 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room


Jennifer Gordon, Professor of Law, Fordham University

Irene Bloemraad, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley; Chris Zepeda-Millan, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Ethnic Studies, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative


It’s no secret that recruiting guest workers can be a shady business. Often, the fraud and extortion that guest workers face are blamed on a few bad apple recruiters, who are targeted by criminal regulation that almost never works. But the problems are bigger than bad apples. Structural forces encourage abuse, from the subcontracting common in guest worker recruitment schemes to cost pressures from global competition.

The process is best understood as a human supply chain, into which low wage workers are often fed. Reframing labor migration in this way helps us integrate it into our ideas of global supply networks. It also helps us fix some of the problems, by placing blame on actors high up in the supply chain.

The discussion will be moderated by Irene Bloemraad of the UC Berkeley Sociology Department and Chris Zepeda-Millan of the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department.

Please register to secure your spot.

Tuesday, March 13, 4:00 pm
2521 Channing Way
Please join us for a reception after the talk.


RSVP online.


charlotterutty@berkeley.edu