In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers

In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers

by Bernice Yeung


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“A timely, intensely intimate, and relevant exposé.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Pulitzer Prize finalist’s powerful examination of the hidden stories of workers overlooked by #MeToo

Apple orchards in bucolic Washington State. Office parks in Southern California under cover of night. The home of an elderly man in Miami. These are some of the workplaces where women have suffered brutal sexual assaults and shocking harassment at the hands of their employers, often with little or no official recourse. In this heartrending but ultimately inspiring tale, investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bernice Yeung exposes the epidemic of sexual violence levied against the low-wage workers largely overlooked by #MeToo, and charts their quest for justice.

In a Day’s Work reveals the underbelly of hidden economies teeming with employers who are in the practice of taking advantage of immigrant women. But it also tells a timely story of resistance, introducing a group of courageous allies who challenge the status quo of violations alongside aggrieved workers—and win.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620975992
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 778,233
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Bernice Yeung is an investigative journalist at ProPublica, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, PBS Frontline, New York magazine, and others. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition xi

Introduction: The Weight of Silence 1

1 Finding the Most Invisible Cases 11

2 The Open Secret 33

3 Behind Closed Doors and Without a Safety Net 65

4 When Only the Police and the Prosecutor Believe You 93

5 All That We Already Know 123

6 The Ways Forward 145

7 ¡Sí Se Pudo! Yes We Did! 167

Epilogue: "I survived" 199

Acknowledgments 203

Notes 205

Index 219

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