Shining A Light on Summer Work: A First Look at the Employers Using the J-1 Program is the first-ever, data-informed picture of employment realities in the J-1 Summer Work Travel Program (SWT). Litigation and news reports in recent years document countless abuses of J-1 workers, including wage theft, retaliation, physical threats and human trafficking.
Every year, tens of thousands of internationally recruited au pairs come to the United States with the promise of a cultural exchange under the J-1 visa program. Instead, many encounter wage theft, discrimination and exploitation. “Shortchanged: The Big Business Behind the Low Wage J-1 Au Pair Program” debunks the myth that the poorly regulated au pair program is a cultural exchange. The report analyzes existing data on the au pair program, and includes findings from in-depth interviews with current and former au pairs.
Learn about the shortcomings and gaps in the current regulatory and enforcement framework governing immigrant worker programs. The report titled, The American Dream Up for Sale: A Blueprint for Ending International Labor Recruitment Abuse, documents the pervasive abuses experienced by immigrant workers in a range of low to high skilled fields and further provides important recommendations for reform.