Law & Advocacy

Center for Seafarers’ Rights Intern Mark Vessio writes how his experience at SCI helped him see firsthand how the law affects various sectors of the More...
  • Seafarers and the Thirteenth Amendment July 29, 2014 The 1897 Supreme Court case Robertson v. Baldwin inspired a national movement to bring regulation of the merchant marine into the modern era, led by a reform contingent that included SCI. More...
  • 2014 Seafarer Shore Leave Survey July 28, 2014 With MLC, 2006 in force, one might hope to see a reduction in the number of seafarers without visas; yet, recent data collected by SCI shows that not only are shipowners failing to pay for crewmember More...

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Humanitarian Challenges of Piracy Off West Africa February 15, 2013

Hijackers targeting vessels off the coast of West Africa have different aims from pirates in the Gulf of Aden, significantly affecting the seafarers operating in those waters. Recently, SCI’s... More...

America Has a Chance for Positive Change January 30, 2013

As US senators and President Obama seek to enact immigration reform this year, they also stand in a position to make some important decisions regarding seafarers.

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New Web App Plugs Seafarers into US Environmental Laws January 22, 2013

Using SCI’s newly developed Internet application, seafarers can use mobile devices to search information on US environmental pollution laws from anywhere in the world.

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Adieu 2012: Year of Mission in 50 Photos December 31, 2012

SCI’s President & Executive Director has selected 50 photos taken at locations around the country highlighting the most memorable moments of 2012 when SCI served mariners with your help.

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New Jersey Starbucks Tea Bottles Outfitted for Winter December 13, 2012

As part of a campaign to raise awareness of the work of international seafarers, SCI joins with New Jersey Starbucks stores to dress each of its Tazo Tea brand iced tea bottles with a wooly hat... More...

Helping Seafarers Confront West African Piracy December 11, 2012

SCI’s President & Executive Director writes about his recent discussion with maritime industry stakeholders about piracy incidents in the coastal waters of West Africa, talking about piracy’s... More...

Meeting Reinforces Relations with Ukraine November 28, 2012

The Director of SCI’s Center for Seafarers’ Rights recently met with a special human rights commissioner for the Ukraine, home to thousands of the world’s seafarers, to discuss problems facing men... More...