NEW REPORT: Breaking the Shell: How Maryland’s Migrant Crab Pickers Continue to be “Picked Apart”

After months of working closely with migrant worker women on this project, we are excited to launch our new report: Breaking the Shell: How Maryland’s Migrant Crab Pickers Continue to be “Picked Apart.” This survey-based report comes at an urgent moment when the pandemic is heightening health and safety risks for the women on H-2B…

Migrant worker women ARE the Future of (Guest)Work

We’re still mourning the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a powerful ally who paved the way for gender justice and immigrants’ rights. And as I think of her incredible legacy, I can’t help but feel motivated to fight for a future that reflects her life-long battle. With that in mind, our anniversary theme seems…

Our 15 Anniversary Celebration Continues: Introducing our New EMMA!

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce CDM’s first-ever Elizabeth Mauldin Memorial Advocate for Migrant Women (EMMA). We created the EMMA to discover and empower an emerging young leader to elevate the voices of migrant worker women and fulfill Elizabeth Mauldin’s legacy. For almost seven years, Elizabeth inspired our organization, allies and migrant worker women with her…

It’s our 15th birthday — and we’re celebrating with migrant worker women!

Today, we’re celebrating our 15th anniversary – a decade-and-a-half of community organizing, groundbreaking advocacy, and legal victories alongside migrant workers.   The last 15 years have been nothing short of incredible. When I founded CDM in 2005, we were a small but powerful team in Zacatecas. Now, CDM’s mighty 20-person team works across the US and…

We’re postponing our 15th anniversary celebrations — but we can still rally together!

We hope you and your loved ones are coping well through these difficult circumstances. Earlier this year, we asked you to “Save the Date” for our 15th anniversary events in Washington, D.C., Mexico City and San Francisco this fall. But given the public health crisis, we’ve decided to focus all of our energy and time…

We were fired for speaking out against deplorable housing conditions — now, we are fighting back!

Juan Servando traveled from Tlaxcala, Mexico to work with Precision 2000, Inc., a construction company in Georgia, on an H-2B temporary work visa. He wanted to give his three children a better life. Instead, Juan Servando found his workplace conditions to be far from what he was promised. Precision 2000 forced Juan to live in…

USMCA stumbled out of the gate

We had been looking forward to this day for months. After a successful campaign to include migrant worker protections and a labor chapter in the new trade agreement, we had high hopes that the new agreement would provide a channel for migrant workers to access justice. Today, July 1, USMCA goes into effect.  But a…

New trafficking lawsuit: Eduardo and Gerardo are taking their employer to court

Eduardo and Gerardo, two workers from Mexico, had been recruited to work as farmworkers in the United States on H-2A visas. After going weeks without getting paid, Eduardo and Gerardo spoke up. Their employer’s recruitment agent lured them to the local Walmart for a “shopping trip” under the guise of a “housing inspection.” Immigration authorities…

Sandra and Tatiana, two Maryland au pairs, sue their employers for trafficking, forced labor and unpaid wages

Sandra and Tatiana worked for the same family separately, in 2016 and 2018. But their experience was far too similar. While working as au pairs in Maryland, Sandra and Tatiana were forced to work beyond contracted hours and responsibilities. Their employers limited their access to food, restricted their movements, threatened them with deportation, and constantly…

DACA Victory at the Supreme Court

Today’s DACA victory at the Supreme Court is a triumph for the migrant community, including case plaintiff Marí Perales, CDM’s Communication Coordinator! Marí has been relentless in her fight: taking the Trump administration to court despite risks to herself and her family —  then organizing, rallying, and speaking out in the media across the U.S.…

Maribel and Reyna were fired for going to the hospital– now, they are calling on OSHA to do its job!

From pork factories in South Dakota to poultry plants in Maryland, COVID-19 outbreaks are threatening workers’ lives across the country. The latest: seafood processors in the South. Last month, Maribel and Reyna, two workers on H-2B visas from northern Mexico, saw about 100 of their coworkers get sick with COVID-19 in a crawfish plant in…

Black Lives Matter

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery — these are four names of countless Black people killed over the course of 400 years of systemic racism that fosters the violation of human rights. Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. stands in solidarity with Black communities across the country demanding justice for them…