U.S. Customs and Border Protection has blocked shipments of raw sugar from a top Dominican producer after finding indications of forced labor at its plantation. The probe followed an investigation led by Homelands' Sandy Tolan and Haitian-Dominican journalist Euclides Cordero Nuel.
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In a piece published by The Intercept, Sandy Tolan and Euclides Cordero Nuel describe how armed bands of masked men descend on labor camps and forcibly evict residents. Tolan and Cordero Nuel won an Overseas Press Club Award for their reporting on labor abuses by the giant Dominican sugar exporter Central Romana.
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The freelance journalist, producer, and writer founded the Spanish-language news service Conecta Arizona, which connects people in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. The award is named after Homelands co-founder Cecilia Vaisman, who died in 2015.
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