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Domestic Worker Client of NYATN Member AALDEF Awarded More than $1.2 Million in Federal Court

After a federal judge found Filipina domestic worker Elizabeth Ballesteros’s testimony “highly credible” against a colonel in the United Arab Emirates navy at the damages hearing for default judgment in her case, Ballesteros v. Al-Ali, Judge John McConnell ordered the defendant, Col. Arif Mohamed Saaed Mohamed Al-Ali, to pay more than $1.2 million to her.  In stark contrast to the assessment of the judge from the criminal action, Judge McConnell remarked that he found that Ms. Ballesteros’s allegations in her civil suit along with her testimony established “outrageous, illegal, and inhumane conduct on the part of Mr. Al-Ali.”  Read more….

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UAE Embassy Couple Indicted for Trafficking Indonesian Mother and Daughter

Update: In a related matter, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania indicted three people, Nura Ziadeh, Rashid Ziadeh and Mannatullah Ziadeh, alleging that they recruited foreign nationals to serve as domestic workers and harboring them for commercial gain.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is representing the mother, “S.S.” (as she is referred to in the indictment, U.S. v. Mervat Tolan and Nabil Talaat), as she cooperates with federal authorities as a witness in the criminal proceedings.  Click here for the complete press release.

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