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CASE NAME:Virginia Carazani v. Emma Zegarra
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Virginia Carazani
ALL DEFENDANTS:Emma Zegarra
CITATION:2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93752
DOCKET NUMBER:1:12-cv-00107
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Rudolph Contreras
YEAR OF ARREST:2009
YEAR OF VERDICT:2013
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:District of Columbia
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Bolivia
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
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FIRST CLAIM:Unpaid wages for breach of contract
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1593
FIRST CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR FIRST CLAIM:$16,730.92
SECOND CLAIM:Unpaid overtime wages
SECOND CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:29 U.S.C. § 207
SECOND CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR SECOND CLAIM:$17,296.16
THIRD CLAIM:Unpaid vacation, holiday, and sick leave
THIRD CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:29 U.S.C. § 207
THIRD CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR THIRD CLAIM:$168.00
FOURTH CLAIM:Punitive damages for physical and mental injury, economic loss and emotional distress as a result of being a victim of trafficking
FOURTH CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1593
FOURTH CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR FOURTH CLAIM:$543,041.28
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TOTAL AWARD:$1,188,688.77
APPEAL:No
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SUMMARY:Plaintiff worked as a housekeeper for Defendant Emma Zegarra for 8 years in Bolivia. In 2006, Zegarra, having taken a job at the World Bank., invited Plaintiff to move with her to the U.S. as her housekeeper. The parties signed an employment contract stipulating Plaintiffs's hours, wages, overtime, etc. Once in the U.S., Plaintiff was forced to work up to 75 hrs per week, 7 days a week, for 3 years. Zegarra paid victim only $8.50 required to keep her bank account open. Zegarra forced the victim into servitude through isolation, confiscating her passport, threatening deportation, and failing to renew her visa. Plaintiff filed claims under the TVPA and FLSA. The court entered a default judgment against defendant for $1,188,688.77.
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