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On this week’s episode, we dedicated an entire hour to examining America’s au pair industry. Each year, as thousands of people – mostly women – stream into the U.S. to work as au pairs, a lax oversight structure leaves them susceptible to wage theft, exploitation, trafficking and more. Our episode, a collaboration with The Investigative Fund, gives voice to women who, seeking opportunities in the U.S., ran into situations they couldn’t control.

Experiences with au pairs are common in America. And we want to hear your stories. Using the form below, tell us about your experience working as – or employing – an au pair. We may use your responses in our weekly newsletter or follow up to include your voice in an upcoming episode.

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Byard Duncan was a reporter and producer for  engagement and collaborations for Reveal. He managed Reveal’s Reporting Networks, which provide more than 1,000 local journalists across the U.S. with resources and training to continue Reveal investigations in their communities. He also helped lead audience engagement initiatives around Reveal’s stories and assists local reporters in elevating their work to a national platform. In addition to Reveal, Duncan’s work has appeared in GQ, Esquire, The California Sunday Magazine and Columbia Journalism Review, among other outlets. He was part of Reveal’s Behind the Smiles project team, which was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2019. He is the recipient of two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a National Headliner Award, an Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, and two first-place awards for feature storytelling from the Society of Professional Journalists and Best of the West. Duncan is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.