AP National Writer, Associated Press
Martha Mendoza is a two-time Pulitzer prize-winning journalist based in the Silicon Valley, where she provides breaking news, enterprise and investigative reporting. She is part of the Associated Press (AP) team that exposed the use of slave labor in the Thai seafood industry. The reporting, Seafood From Slaves, traced slave-produced seafood from Asia to major U.S. supermarkets, restaurants, and food suppliers, and resulted in the freeing of 2,000 slaves. The AP team won the 2016 Pulitzer for public service—a first for the 170-year-old news agency. Martha has been an AP reporter since 1995 and she won her first Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for investigative reporting as part of an AP team that revealed the slaughter by American soldiers of hundreds of civilians at the No Gun Ri bridge early in the Korean War. Mendoza was a 2001 Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a 2007 Ferris Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She also teaches in the graduate University of California, Santa Cruz Science Communications Program and is a senior fellow at the Institute for Justice and Journalism.Twitter: @mendozamartha
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In a globalized world, even local stories can quickly become international. The food we eat, the medicine we take, the clothes we wear and the vehicles we drive -- are all coming from other countries. Following these products' supply chains -- the networks between companies and their suppliers --is a rich field for reporters. Investigations have revealed forced labor, environmental crimes, corruption and human rights abuses. Here are three experts in tracking the use of forced labor, endangered species, and hidden shipping routes.
How do societies deal with massive trauma like war crimes and histories of systematic abuse and discrimination? Why do some nations face the truth and try to reconcile the past, while others repress and cover-up their actions, even generations later? To address those issues, this fascinating panel brings perspectives from Martha Mendoza, who shared a Pulitzer Prize for exposing the Korean War massacre at No Gun Ri; Kunda Dixit, whose trilogy on Nepal's bloody civil war has helped his country come to terms with a shocking past; and Allan Clarke, an indigenous Australian whose work has focused on unsolved Aboriginal deaths.
Slavery is thought by many to have been banished in an earlier age, but millions of people remain in forced labor around the world. Migrant workers, who account for some 60% of the world’s 244 million international migrants, are particularly susceptible to abuse, as are those trafficked and pressed into prostitution. Here are four journalists on the cutting-edge of reporting on this major human rights issue, with perspectives from Indonesia, Nepal, Taiwan and the US. The group includes AP's Martha Mendoza, who shared a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for helping free 2,000 slaves in Indonesia.
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