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CASE NAME:United States v. Barbara Coleman-Blackwell
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Barbara Coleman-Blackwell, Kenneth Blackwell , Grace Coleman
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DOCKET NUMBER:8:04-cv-02602-AW
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Alexander Williams, Jr
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YEAR OF VERDICT:2003
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Maryland
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):3
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 371
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SECOND CHARGE:Harboring an Illegal Alien for Financial Gain
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 USC 1324
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THIRD CHARGE:Alien Smuggling
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 USC 1324
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FOURTH CHARGE:Forced Labor
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1589
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SUMMARY: The victim was a native of Ghana who worked as a domestic servant in Defendants Kenneth and Barbara Blackwell's Takoma Maryland Park, Maryland home, for approximately 17 months without pay. Grace Coleman, a high government official in Ghana and the mother of Barbara Blackwell, had submitted fraudulent visa application at the US Embassy in Ghana to obtain visa for the victim. In February 2000, Coleman brought the victim into the United States and delivered her to Defendants, who confiscated her passport and visa to prevent the victim from leaving the Takoma Park home. Defendants ensured her services through threats of deportation and imprisonment in Ghana.  Coleman has also been charged, however despite requests to the government of Ghana has not been extradited to the United States.
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