Celebrating Freedom: Justice Finally Achieved for Victims of Human Trafficking in American-Samoa Garment Factory Case-A Firsthand, Behind-the-Scenes Report on What Happened in American Samoa to 300 Women Enslaved by Kil Soo Lee and the Vietnamese Government, and the People Who Helped Bring Them Justice

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As Americans everywhere celebrate their freedom and independence this Fourth of July, I have been reflecting on a national story I filed four years ago in February 2001 that helped bring freedom and justice to women from Vietnam then, and in 2005 — women, who at the time knew nothing of American values, beliefs or laws, and certainly did not know about freedom.

In January 2001, I got calls from two people I