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The Initiative to End Family Violence and the Literary Journalism Program invite you to a book talk with 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist and ProPublica reporter, Bernice Yeung, followed by a conversation with Ada Briceño, co-president of UNITE-HERE Local 11.


Women workers in a variety of industries from farming, janitorial work, domestic and hotel work, and more, have long been sexually victimized by those in power. Their fight for safety in the workplace has not often been the subject of media coverage. Some years ago, investigative journalist Bernice Yeung began a series of reports on rape and sexual violence against women farm workers and then janitors. Her work has now culminated in a well-timed book.


Join author Bernice Yeung for a discussion of In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers. The book chronicles the journeys of women who sought to disrupt the patterns that promote invisibility and help all immigrant women facing exploitation.


Tuesday, November 21, 2019

12:00–2:00 p.m.


UCI Law, Room EDU 1111

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This event is free and open to the public.

UCI guest parking is $2/hour.


Please RSVP, as space is limited.



UCI Co-sponsors include: The Initiative to End Family Violence, the Literary Journalism program, the departments of English and Asian American Studies, and the Culture & Capital Center.




Featured Speakers



Bernice Yeung

2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Reporter, ProPublica


Bernice Yeung covers business with a focus on labor and employment. Previously, she was a reporter with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting where her work examined issues related to violence against women, immigration, environmental health, and the workplace.


She was a member of the national Emmy-nominated Rape in the Fields reporting team, which investigated the sexual assault of immigrant farmworkers. The project won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Yeung also was the lead reporter for the national Emmy-nominated Rape on the Night Shift team, which examined sexual violence against female janitors. That work won an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative journalism, and the Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Those projects led to her first book, In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers.



Ada Briceño

Co-president, UNITE-HERE Local 11


Ada Briceño, a hotel union leader, currently serves as co-president of UNITE-HERE Local 11, which represents over 30,000 hotel workers in Southern California and Arizona. Briceño, an immigrant from Nicaragua, came to the United States with her parents fleeing the civil war at age six. After graduating from high school in Orange County, she began working as a hotel clerk, where she discovered union organizing and joined the union. She rose through the ranks becoming the first Latina president of Local 681 at age 26. In addition to being co-president of UNITE-HERE Local 11, Briceño is chair of the Orange County Democratic Party and was recently re-elected vice president of UNITE-HERE International Union. Briceño has led many women’s rights, civil rights, immigrant rights, and environmental efforts in the region.




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