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SABA-DC July Dinner Series: The Human Toll of the Qatar World Cup

  • Wednesday, July 08, 2015
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Paansari, 1603 17th st NW
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      With the recent indictment of FIFA (the governing body for soccer’s World Cup) officials, a spotlight has finally shined on what human rights advocates have been alleging for decades – the systematic abuse and exploitation of migrant workers (many of whom are from South Asian countries) in the Gulf countries.  A shocking report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has estimated 1,200 World Cup related deaths in Qatar so far, with an estimate of up to 4,000 additional worker deaths by 2022.  According to a recent Washington Post article, Qatar has had a troubled record when it comes to poor worker safety, with conditions for migrant workers so bad that the ITUC has called the state “a country without a conscience.” 

      Please join SABA-DC member Neha Misra, Senior Specialist for Migration and Human Trafficking at the Solidarity Center, for an off the record dinner series event to discuss these labor trafficking issues and to learn about international organizations working on the front lines to change the dangerous conditions for migrant workers.   Pansaari will be serving an exclusive South Asian vegetarian and non-vegetarian dinner buffet and chai for the event at the discounted cost of $25.00 per person.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.



1603 17th St., NW

Washington, DC 20009


Dupont Circle (Red Line)


$25 (includes a dinner buffet and chai).

      Seating for this event is extremely limited and requires advanced online purchase on this page.  Registration will close at noon on Monday, July 6.  For any questions or additional information, please contact Habib Ilahi at

      Neha Misra is the Senior Specialist for Migration and Human Trafficking at the Solidarity Center, an international worker rights NGO based in Washington, DC. Previously, Neha was the Deputy Country Director and Program Manager for the Solidarity Center’s Counter Trafficking in Persons Project in Indonesia. She worked in Indonesia for over five years, starting with the Solidarity Center as the Director of its Democracy Project. Before her assignment in Indonesia, she worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina on post-war elections and democracy, and in the United States as a Senior Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice. While at DOJ, she also served as the President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3525. She has a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Washington College of Law, American University, where she focused her studies on international human rights law, and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University. Neha has testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives on anti-trafficking issues, most recently before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific on Combating Forced Labor and Modern-Day in East Asia and the Pacific. Neha represents the Solidarity Center in the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), a U.S. based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking around the world.


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