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AFIRE Rally in Solidarity with Edith and Sherile, Filipina Domestic Workers Exploited by a German Di

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION On Tuesday, August 8, AFIRE Chicago rallied together with National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) and Interfaith Worker Justice in solidarity with Damayan Migrant Workers Association to demand justice for Edith Mendoza and Sherile Pahagas, two Filipina domestic workers abused and exploited by German Diplomat Pit Koehler and his wife Mareike Koehler in New York. AFIRE and fellow community organizations rallied in front of the Consulate General of Germany in Chicago to hold a press conference, where community members and domestic workers themselves voiced their outrage over the injustices set against Edith and Sherile. Olola Ann Olib, an

MEDIA ADVISORY: Chicago Rally at German Consulate to Denounce Abuse of Domestic Workers by Diplomat

MEDIA ADVISORY August 7, 2017 Contact: Naomi Leilani Salcedo (773-315-0997 or nsalcedo@afirechicago.org) Chicago Rally at German Consulate to Denounce Abuse of Domestic Workers by Diplomat CHICAGO — Two Filipina domestic workers and members of Damayan Migrant Workers Association are suing German diplomat Pit Koehler and his wife Mareike Koehler. In court documents, the workers — who were lured to the U.S. with the promise of a good job that included room, board and a legal wage — allege they were forced to work six days per week, for more than 90 hours, and were paid well below the minimum wage. The women were recruited through a website and brought into the country by Koehler, who at the ti

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