Speaker Series - Dr. Rhacel Parreñas - University of Southern California


Thursday, December 9, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Dr. Rhacel Salazar Parreñas is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She previously taught at University of Wisconsin, Madison, University of California, Davis, and Brown University. Her areas of research include labor, gender, international migration and human trafficking, the family and economic sociology.

Dr. Parreñas' talk will focus on her recent book, Unfree: Migrant Domestic Work in Arab States. About the book: In the United Arab Emirates, there is an employment sponsorship system known as the kafala. Migrant domestic workers within it must solely work for their employer, secure their approval to leave the country, and obtain their consent to terminate a job. In Unfree, Rhacel Salazar Parreñas examines the labor of women from the Philippines, who represent the largest domestic workforce in the country. She challenges presiding ideas about the kafala, arguing that its reduction to human trafficking is, at best, unproductive, and at worst damaging to genuine efforts to regulate this system that impacts tens of millions of domestic workers across the globe. Register for the event.