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”
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”
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”
Los 1.6 millones de trabajadores y trabajadoras migrantes empleados a través de programas de visas de trabajo temporal en los Estados Unido están en la primera línea de la respuesta COVID-19 de la nación. Están realizando trabajos esenciales que hacen que Estados Unidos funcione, incluyendo la producción de nuestros alimentos. Sin embargo, se han quedadoContinue reading “Lxs Trabajadorxs Inmigrantes Ejercen Roles de Primera Línea: Necesitan Protección”
The 1.6 million migrant workers in the United States employed through temporary work visa programs are on the front lines of the nation’s COVID-19 response. They are performing essential jobs that make the U.S. function, including producing our food. Yet they have been largely left out of conversations about how best to protect people. InContinue reading “Migrant workers are at the front lines: they need protections”
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”
In October 2011, we formed the International Labor Recruitment Working Group, a coalition of labor, migration, civil rights, anti-trafficking organizations and academics. Since then, we have fought to end systemic abuse for internationally recruited workers across visa categories and promote quality jobs and labor standards across industries.