The Biden-Harris Administration Should Ensure Protections for Migrant Workers

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens across the country and millions of families remain at home to keep safe, essential workers continue to risk their lives in every sector of the economy. Despite their sacrifice, workers on the front lines have often been denied basic protections. In one particularly stark example, Maribel and Reyna, two crawfishContinue reading “The Biden-Harris Administration Should Ensure Protections for Migrant Workers”

USDA’s Cancellation of Farm Labor Survey will Result in Massive Wage Cuts

On September 30, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a notice cancelling the Farm Labor Survey (FLS) of agricultural employers. The FLS is one of the best sources of information on the wages of agricultural workers—and the Department of Labor (DOL) is required to use it to determine what is known as the AdverseContinue reading “USDA’s Cancellation of Farm Labor Survey will Result in Massive Wage Cuts”

The Senate must protect migrant workers during the pandemic

Today, we are writing to the U.S. Senate urging policymakers to protect the more than one and a half million workers employed in the United States through temporary foreign work visas in any future legislation related to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of enhancing desperately needed protections for temporary foreign workers during theContinue reading “The Senate must protect migrant workers during the pandemic”

Our letter regarding the latest temporary rule changes to the H-2 programs

Last week, we wrote to the U.S. Department of State, Labor, and Homeland Security to express our concern regarding the implications of recent temporary rule changes to the H-2A and H-2B (“H-2”) visa programs. Although these rules intend to protect the U.S. food supply chain, we believe that – without clarification and modifications – theyContinue reading “Our letter regarding the latest temporary rule changes to the H-2 programs”

2020 TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT FAILS TO RECOGNIZE EXTENT OF WIDESPREAD ABUSES IN U.S. GUESTWORKER PROGRAMS

2020 TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT FAILS TO RECOGNIZE EXTENT OF WIDESPREAD ABUSES IN U.S. GUESTWORKER PROGRAMS On June 16, the U.S. Department of State released its 20th annual Trafficking in Persons Report. Migration that Works, a coalition of labor, migration, civil rights, anti-trafficking organizations and academics advancing a labor migration model that respects the humanContinue reading “2020 TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT FAILS TO RECOGNIZE EXTENT OF WIDESPREAD ABUSES IN U.S. GUESTWORKER PROGRAMS”

Statement on Trump Administration Executive Order Restricting Worker Visas

Migration that Works, a coalition of labor, academics, migrant rights and anti-human trafficking organizations formed in 2011, denounces the Administration’s latest immigration order as another tactic to divert attention from its dismal response to the COVID-19 crisis, which has left more than 120,000 people in the U.S. dead. Instead of focusing on taking concrete actionsContinue reading “Statement on Trump Administration Executive Order Restricting Worker Visas”

Migration That Works will not be silent

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”Martin Luther King Jr. Migration That Works will not be silent Migration That Works stands in solidarity with the Black community as they demand justice for the murders of  George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many other victims of police brutality. The Minneapolis police officer’sContinue reading “Migration That Works will not be silent”

Migration that Works During Pandemics- Our Letter to Washington

As migrant worker communities continue to live through and face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we write this letter seeking protections for the more than one and a half million workers who are employed in in the United States through a multitude of temporary visas. We urge and ask federal policymakers to consider workersContinue reading “Migration that Works During Pandemics- Our Letter to Washington”

Recruitment that Works for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals

By Mukul Bakhshi There is a lot of surprise when people learn that foreign-educated professionals—such as nurses and other healthcare professionals—are subject to labor exploitation.  Labor contracts often require nurses to remain for several years with the staffing firm that originally recruited them. Given recruitment, immigration, travel, and training costs, some might concede that someContinue reading “Recruitment that Works for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals”