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The men and women in Invisible Hands reveal the human rights abuses occurring behind the scenes of the global economy. These narrators including phone manufacturers in China, copper miners in Zambia, garment workers in Bangladesh, and farmers around the world reveal the secret history of the things we buy, including lives and communities devastated by low wages, environmental degradation, and political repression. Sweeping in scope and rich in detail, these stories capture the interconnectivity of all people struggling to support themselves and their families. Narrators include Kalpona, a leading Bangladeshi labor organizer who led her first strike at 15; Han, who, as a teenager, began assembling circuit boards for an international electronics company based in Seoul; Albert, a copper miner in Zambia who, during a wage protest, was shot by representatives of the Chinese-owned mining company that he worked for; and Sanjay, who grew up in the shadow of the Bhopal chemical disaster, one of the worst industrial accidents in history.
Corinne Goria is a writer and lawyer. Her fiction has been featured in The Silent History, The Far East Project, The San Diego Writer’s Anthology, and the 2011 &Now Festival. She has practiced immigration law since 2007 and was assistant editor of Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives (Voice of Witness, 2008). She has lived and worked in South Africa, Sicily, and Mexico. She currently lives in San Diego, CA.