Washington International Law Journal


Greg Holloway


This comment examines the problem of foreign worker abuse in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands ("NMI"). The United States and the NMI have a unique relationship governed by an agreement known as the "Covenant." The Covenant creates fundamental barriers which will limit the effectiveness of federal efforts to resolve the foreign worker abuse problem in the NMI. This comment demonstrates that a balanced effort of prosecutions by both governments under U.S. federal labor law and NMI criminal law is needed to protect the well being of foreign workers in the NMI.

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