Slavery on Trial

Slavery on Trial

A room on Clubhouse has been scheduled for July 28th with Special Guests Terry Collingsworth of International Rights Advocates and Ayn Riggs of SlaveFreeChocolate_org.

Topics For Discussion in the Room

  1. What the recent Supreme Court decision means in practice;
  2. How the current International Rights Advocate suit under the TVPRA in the DC Circuit Court differs from the ATS suit;
  3. What the Customs Border Protection (CBP) petition is about;
  4. Other strategies and tactics – boycotts, petitions – in addition to legal challenges and their effectiveness; and
  5. What possible – and desirable – outcomes would be, should either suit result in a decision favorable to the plaintiffs in either case.
Are there other topics you’d like to see discussed in this room? Leave them in the Comments.
Slavery on Trial - The Chocolate Life
Wednesday, July 28 at 10:00am EDT with Clay Gordon, dghchocolatier. The Daily Open Chocolate Chat: Discuss. Legal and extralegal efforts to hold Big Chocolate accountable for slavery in their supply chains.

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The Recent SCOTUS Decision

Nestlé USA, Inc., Petitioner v. John Doe I, et al., 19-416 (U.S.)
Case docket for Nestlé USA, Inc., Petitioner v. John Doe I, et al., 19-416in Supreme Court of the United States, filed 09/27/2019.
The Docket of Filings (in reverse chronological order)
Nestlé & Cargill v. Doe Series: Meet the “John Does” – the Children Enslaved in Nestlé & Cargill’s Supply Chain
Terry Collingsworth, co-counsel in Nestle/Cargill v Doe, tells his clients’ stories. He writes that demand for cheap cocoa has created the child slave trade in cocoa production - and that corporate immunity maintains it.
Nestlé & Cargill vs John Doe
A ruling is expected before the end of the term in this long-running and highly consequential case.
Clubhouse Podcast featuring special guest Shawn Askinosie.

OpEd About the SCOTUS Opinion

Justices scuttle lawsuit against Nestlé, Cargill for allegedly aiding child slavery abroad - SCOTUSblog
This article was updated on June 17 at 7:15 p.m. The Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a lawsuit alleging that two U.S.-based companies, Nestle and Cargill, facilitated human-rights abuses on cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast. By a vote of 8-1, the justices ruled that the lawsuit cannot go f

The CBP (Customs & Border Protection) Petition

Link to the petition filed by International Rights Advocates (PDF)

The TVPRA Suit in the DC Circuit Court

Link to the complaint filed by International Rights Advocates (PDF)

TVPRAWilliam Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (PDF) on

About the TVPRA
Increase In Hazardous Child Labor In Cocoa Production Amid An Expansion Of Cocoa Farming In Cote D’ivoire And Ghana |
CHICAGO, Oct. 19, 2020 – A new report from NORC at the University of Chicago finds that children engaged in hazardous child labor in cocoa production in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana cocoa growing regions increased by 13 percentage points over a 10-year period (from 2008-09 to 2018-19). The increase coinc…

Link to the NORC (National Opinion Research Center) Report (PDF) on


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Featured Image: Original by Rod Long on Unsplash. (Edited in LuminarAI.)

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