Joy Zarembka is the executive director of the Break the Chain Campaign at the Institute for Policy Studies, an organization working to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking in the United States. In this role she conducts interviews with migrant women from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe who have been trafficked, enslaved, or exploited while employed in the domestic worker industry in the United States.
Zarembka provides legal, health, and social services and referrals to domestic workers by assembling a coalition of lawyers, social workers, translators/interpreters, doctors, and shelters equipped to tackle these trafficking and exploitative cases. She works with international agencies and embassies, as well as Congressional and legislative advocacy groups. She also coordinates public education events, media coverage, and strategy meetings.
Zarembka has been instrumental in the creation of the Freedom Network, a nationwide rapid-response coalition that works to ensure that all enslaved and trafficked persons in the United States are able to enforce their legal and human rights.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to a Kenyan mother and a European-American father, Zarembka holds a masterís degree in international relations from Yale University and was awarded the Fox International Fellowship to Cambridge University. She has researched interracial families in Britain, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Jamaica. Her new book, The Pigment of Your Imagination: Mixed Race in a Global Society, was released in 2007.