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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Jun 13 2018

Indian blockbuster spotlights slum dwellers' struggle for land rights

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Residents of Mumbai's sprawling Dharavi slum face down a powerful politician eying their community for a real estate development in an Indian blockbuster, which puts a rare spotlight on land rights of the urban poor.

May 21 2018

Murder of teenage Indian maid sparks calls for tougher laws urgently

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The murder of a teenage maid in India triggered calls on Monday for the government to urgently pass laws to curb trafficking and update legislation that lets children work as domestic help.

May 10 2018

India cracks down on bonded labor, but freed workers await compensation

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India has not paid full compensation to anyone freed from bonded labor since introducing policies in 2016 to fight the crime, which included grants for rescued workers of up to 300,000 rupees ($4,458), officials said.

May 07 2018

Trapped: Many hurdles to repatriate foreign nationals sex trafficked to India

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women are increasingly being trafficked into India's sex industry from countries outside South Asia that do not have repatriation agreements, which leaves victims trapped in limbo for months after being rescued, officials said.

May 01 2018

Explain stand on gay sex: India's top court issues notice to government

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's government must explain its stand on consensual sexual relations between same sex adults, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday, setting a July deadline for a response.

May 01 2018

Child brides sold into sex slavery, domestic work, say Indian officials

MUMBAI(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Girls are being trafficked into domestic servitude or sex slavery after their parents illegally marry them off, said officials in the Indian state of Maharashtra on Tuesday.

Apr 26 2018

Campaigners concerned as India delays tough new anti-trafficking law

CHENNAI/MUMBAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a sex trafficking survivor, Lilufa Bibi was hoping that India would enact a new legislation aimed at helping thousands trapped in modern slavery. But lawmakers failed to table the bill in the last session of parliament, which ended this month.

Apr 24 2018

India death penalty for child rape unlikely to deter traffickers, says campaigner

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - People selling children into India's sex trade are unlikely to be deterred by a new order approving the death penalty for child rape, because laws are rarely applied in trafficking cases, said a leading campaigner.

Apr 13 2018

Protests erupt after two child rape cases shock India

MUMBAI/CHENNAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Protests have erupted across India after police officers and a politician were named separately in connection to two unrelated child rape cases, which are now under investigation.

Apr 10 2018

Indian court orders officials to report on efforts to rehabilitate bonded laborers

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian court has ordered the labor ministry, police and New Delhi government to report on efforts to rehabilitate people rescued from bonded labor, after allegations that many did not receive support they were legally entitled to.

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