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Labor and Human Rights Conditions in the Dominican Republic

Labor and human rights conditions in Central Romana's bateyes in the Dominican Republic.

Research Strategy

When searching for secondary sources and literature on rights of migrant workers, remember to search for both labor (American English) as well as labour (British English). 

  • Articles and Books: Use NUsearch, our library catalog, or Google Scholar to search for articles and books. Our library catalog searches across publications from many disciplines, including materials published both in the United States and around the world. If you use Google Scholar. consider installing the Northwestern VPN to easily access articles behind paywalls through our subscription databases. 
  • News Articles: Newspaper articles from around the world can be found through Lexis: News. Additionally, you can search across other news databases available here
  • IGO, NGO, and Governmental Publications: Publications and reports from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and state governments are useful sources to help you understand human rights topics and human rights situations in specific countries. Examples of NGOs include Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Examples of IGOs include the United Nations or Association of Caribbean States (ACS). A useful UN specialized agency website for this topic is the International Labour Organization (ILO). Most NGO and IGO websites allow you to browse content by topic or subject.
    • Research Tip: Most websites come equipped with a search bar, but if you encounter trouble finding relevant search results, consider using Google Advanced. Google Advanced allows you to run targeted searches across regular Google and limit your results to certain file types (e.g., .pdf) and/or search across a particular website (e.g., https://www.hrw.org) or domain (e.g., .edu, .org, .gov). The .int domain is reserved for international treaty-based organizations, UN agencies, and organizations or entities with observer status at the UN. The .org domain is often used by non-profit organizations, but can now be used by anyone.

If you find journal articles on a topic that are older than desired, consider using a database or website's citator function if one is available. On Google Scholar, you can identify more recent articles that cite to an article by clicking on the "Cited by" link. 

Country Profiles & Reports

Country Profiles

Country profiles provide an overview about a country, usually with some very basic information about the country's geography, government, economy, and demographics. 

Country Reports

Publications and reports from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and state governments are useful sources to help you understand international law topics and situations in specific countries. Examples of NGOs include Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Examples of IGOs include the United Nations (UN) and the  Association of Caribbean States (ACS).

Country reports refer to documents produced by governments, IGOs, or NGOs that describe the human rights situation in a country. Some country reports summarize a wide range of human rights issues within a country, while others focus on specific issues. Here are a few examples of country reports produced by NGOs and state governments: 

News

To keep apprised of recent developments on specific issues in other countries and to update your research, incorporate news articles into your research process. Consider setting alerts to receive notifications of when your search terms appear in news databases.

To set an alert on Lexis News, conduct a search and then click on the bell icon to indicate how frequently you wish to be notified. 

Lexis permits you to run advanced searches using terms and connectors, such as AND, OR, and proximity connectors (for example, /s is within the same sentence). Tips on permitted search connectors and commands are available here

Forced Labor

Living and Working Conditions

Public Health

Statelessness