Nilita Vachani, a filmmaker and international journalist, will speak about Manju Das, a domestic worker in California who was exploited in a massive insider trading scheme, Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Communication Hub, N301 Integrative Learning Center.
Vachani turned to long-form journalism to tell the story of Das, an Indian housekeeper employed in a wealthy Californian suburb who was arbitrarily sent back to her country following a 10-year post after her multimillionaire employer was arrested. What ensued was the largest insider trading trial in U.S. history. Swept under the rug was the employer's massive identity theft of his servant to hide money illicitly gained by selling clients’ confidential information to a billionaire hedge fund manager, information that was then traded inside.
Appearing in The Caravan and The Nation, Vachani’s story about Das speaks to the long practice of exploiting domestic workers. The human rights of women workers from South Asia is one of Vachani’s standing commitments as a non-fiction artist.
This event is sponsored by the UMass journalism and communication departments and the Amherst College political science department.