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April 04, 2017

BRIEFING: International Labor Recruitment: Cross-Cutting Analysis of the H-1B, H-2A, and H-2B Programs

Each year over a million temporary workers enter the United States to work in a wide range of industries, from low-wage jobs in agriculture and landscaping, to higher-wage jobs in technology, nursing, and teaching. The U.S. work visa systems that bring these workers here are rife with abuses, including fraud, discrimination, retaliation, and economic coercion due to fees charged in the recruitment process.

Please join experts from the International Labor Recruitment Working Group, who will offer information and analysis of:

·  Worker exploitation and other problems within specific temporary work visa programs: H-2A for agricultural workers, H-2B for other seasonal/temporary workers, and H-1B for professional workers;

·  Current and potential legislative and executive actions that affect these programs; and

·  How ensuring fair working conditions and access to justice for immigrant and migrant workers contributes to better working conditions for all workers.

WHEN/WHERE:

Wednesday, April 5, at 2:00 PM

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2261

WHO:

Rachel Micah-Jones, Executive Director, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (moderator)

Meredith Stewart, Senior Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center

Adrienne DerVartanian, Director of Immigration & Labor Rights, Farmworker Justice

Shannon Lederer, Director of Immigration, AFL-CIO

Daniel Costa, Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research, Economic Policy Institute

BACKGROUND: Over a million internationally recruited workers enter the United States each year on an array of visas, such as A-3, B-1, F-1, G-5, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, J-1, L, O-1, P-3, and TN visas, each with its own rules and requirements. While the laws and regulations for each visa vary widely, together the programs share a loose structure: workers are recruited in their home countries on behalf of U.S. employers, apply for visas at U.S. consulates, and then travel to the U.S. to perform a specific job for a designated period of time for a single employer.  Regardless of visa category, employment sector, race, gender, or national origin, internationally recruited workers face common patterns of abuses.

 

March 30, 2017

Farmworker Justice is celebrating National Farmworker Awareness Week from March 24 to March 31st ! Follow our blog as we highlight issues farmworkers face. 

January 19, 2017

Farmworker Justice will recognize David Damian Figueroa with its Dolores Huerta Award Thursday, February 23, honoring his important contributions towards advancing  farmworkers’ quest for justice throughout his career in business and at nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Figueroa, an executive with Frontier Communications, was a farmworker as a child, and is one of the leading influencers in shaping Latina and Latino popular arts through his work in film, television, music production, and publicity. His role as an executive producer of the critically acclaimed documentary film Food Chains and associate producer of The Harvest/La Cosecha brought national attention to the conditions of farmworkers.  “David Damian Figueroa has never forgotten where he comes from and, more importantly, throughout his career, he has used  his remarkable skills and resourcefulness to elevate often marginalized voices,” said Bruce Goldstein, President of Farmworker Justice.

Farmworker Justice will also present a corporate social responsibility award to Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce for its successful efforts to engage with employees, farmworker organizations, and other agricultural stakeholders to improve food safety, wages and working conditions, and occupational safety.  “We greatly appreciate the opportunity the company has provided us to learn more about the business of farming and to collaborate on developing and promoting cutting-edge labor and environmental practices in agriculture.”  Headquartered in San Diego with operations in Watsonville and Oxnard, California, and in Mexico, the company grows strawberries, tomatoes and other crops.

The event will be held at Sheppard Mullin |333 S. Hope Street, Los Angeles from 6 to 8:30pm.

Host Committee:

Gilbert Vasquez       Vasquez & Co.

Alfred Fraijo, Jr.       Sheppard Mullin

Tony Salazar           McCormack Baron Salazar

Arturo Rodriguez    United Farm Workers

Andrea Bazan         El Puente Learning Center

Alex Nogales          National Hispanic Media Coalition

James Garrison      Pacific Federal

Rachel Garrison      

Craig McNamara    Sierra Orchards, Calif. State Board of Food & Agriculture

Dr. Alma Martinez

Special Guests:  Dolores Huerta, actor/producer Nicholas Gonzalez, and actor Johnny Ortiz