Carmen Russell-Sluchansky is a journalist based in Washington, United States of America.
A story for NBC News on Haiti's child slaves. Today, child workers - or restaveks - remain an important part of Haiti's economy, a system that barely sustains a nation of 8.7 million that is wracked by poverty and lawlessness. Children become restaveks in a variety of ways. Some, like Antoine, are orphaned and taken in by family friends. Others are runaways pulled off the street. Most are given up by parents from depressed rural areas who can't afford to care for them and hope that another family will do better and send them to school.
This was the first in a series of videos I led production of for the American Sociological Association. Based on his extensive fieldwork at gun training schools, Harel Shapira, Assistant Professor of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, explains how gun owners are socialized to think of guns as tools rather than weapons.
I reported from Kenya on a program that uses carbon credits to help protect wildlife from poaching for National Geographic.
I reported on Vietnamese refugees who attempt to flee their country to Australia. In a regular refrain, Australia intercepts asylum seekers at sea, asks a few questions on their claim, then sends them packing with a pledge that they won’t be punished. But reports show that many are, indeed, arrested and prosecuted upon their return.
This film explores the lives of children who, due to economic depravity, are forced to leave their families and abandon their education to work as indentured servants. Child slaves make up about 10 percent of the youth population in Haiti. Driven out of economic depravity, many parents are sending their children to live with others and serve as indentured servants in order to secure their survival. In a short documentary, I reported on the lives of these young children as they are forced to leave their families, sacrifice their education and spend their days working as child slaves.