WHO: Martha Mendoza, Pulitzer-Prize Winning AP Journalist
WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 2018. 5:30-7:00pm
WHERE: Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta
TICKETS: are $10/12 for CIR members and $12/$15 for nonmembers. Students and teachers are free. Tickets are available here.
Join CIR for a special presentation from decorated investigative journalist, Martha Mendoza. She’ll take the CIR stage to tell us all about her groundbreaking work investigating slavery in the Thai seafood sector — seafood that often ends up on our shelves or in our petfood. Over the course of 18 months, Martha and a team of Associated Press journalists located men held in cages, tracked ships and stalked refrigerated trucks to expose the abusive practices of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia. The reporters’ dogged effort led to the release of more than 2,000 slaves and traced the seafood they caught to supermarkets and pet food providers across the U.S. For this investigation, the AP won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Did slaves peel the shrimp resting in ice at Whole Foods?
“All of us may find ourselves eating a slave-made product without knowing it, but once we know it, we all have a moral obligation, I believe, to make a personal decision to boycott it. – New Jersey Republican Congressman Chris Smith, a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee.
Martha Mendoza is an Associated Press journalist whose reports have prompted Congressional hearings, Pentagon investigations and White House responses. Her investigation into slavery in the Thai seafood sector led to the freedom of more than 2000 men and won a 2016 Pulitzer Prize. She also won a 2000 Pulitzer Prize that revealed, with extensive documentation, the decades-old secret of how American soldiers early in the Korean War killed hundreds of civilians at the No Gun Ri bridge. She’s worked for AP from Silicon Valley, New York, New Mexico and Mexico City. She was a Stanford University Knight Fellow and a Princeton University Ferris Professor. A credentialed teacher, she has lectured in the Science Communications graduate program at the University of California for more than a decade.