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The Men of Atalissa

This heartbreaking documentary tells the story of a group of men with intellectual disabilities who were exploited by the company they worked for while living in a small town in Iowa. Produced by the New York Times, it's only 30 minutes long, but it impacted me on a number of different levels. These men worked in extremely strenuous and dangerous positions with little to no money to show for their efforts. The company provided housing was so terrible, I had to turn away from the screen when they started showing pictures of the inside of the house. As an attorney who represents both workers and the disabled, I was deeply affected by this film. The main take away for me was that we as a society need to pay more attention to possible abuses and not be afraid to act to help each other. You can watch the documentary here: http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000002757071/the-men-of-atalissa.html

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