Rachel Micah-Jones: One of the Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch

I’m thrilled to share that Rachel Micah-Jones, CDM’s founder and executive director, has been named one of the Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch! Selected by the newsroom staff, the list features the most accomplished trailblazing women in activism, business, politics and the arts in the Baltimore area. This recognition is a testament to Rachel’s…

Renowned Immigrant Workers’ Rights Litigator and Leader to Serve as General Counsel at Transnational Migrant Justice Organization

Mary Bauer to Join Centro de los Derechos del Migrante as General Counsel Transnational workers’ rights organization Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM) has named Mary Bauer, an accomplished litigator, author and social justice leader, as its new General Counsel. Bauer brings three decades of experience serving immigrant communities as a civil rights and…

The U.S.-Guatemala Agreement: A Warning for Mexico

In July, the Trump administration signed a controversial bilateral agreement requiring people from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala to request asylum in Guatemala. This arrangement is known as a safe third country agreement — it increases vulnerability for people who are facing violence and persecution. There’s a dangerous new plot twist. In return, the US…

ACT NOW: With new rules, farmworkers would be paying to work

The start of Fall season is less than one week away — and so is the last chance to save crucial worker protections under the H-2A program. This summer, the Department of Labor published several proposed regulations that threaten to regress key protections for H-2A agricultural migrant workers. With these new rules, migrant workers would…

The Contratadas Chronicles: Stories of Women in [Guest]Work

When I founded CDM fourteen years ago, I envisioned a world where migrant workers’ voices and stories would be reflected in the policies that impact them and in the media. Now, I’m excited to share a very special gift with you. Stories can inspire advocates across movements and mobilize workers to stand up for their rights.…

Over 100,000 Motel 6 Guests to Receive Compensation from $12 Million Settlement 

  Migrants’ rights group searches for victims of discrimination and privacy violations   (August 28, 2019) Individuals who rented a room at a Motel 6 in the state of Washington between 2015 and 2017 may be eligible to participate in a financial settlement to compensate them for discrimination and privacy violations.    Employees at seven…

11 communities, more than 1600 workers

What does it mean to be worker-centered?   For CDM, it starts with the heart of our work — building long-lasting relationships with workers, families and communities. We meet and open direct lines of communication with migrant workers at crucial points in their labor migration journey — from their home communities in Mexico to their…

The State Department heard about our latest report

Have you seen our latest report, “Shining A Light on Summer Work: A First Look at the Employers Using the J-1 Program“? The State Department has. The report details abuse faced by young workers from around the world under the State Department’s J-1 Summer Work Travel program. We launched the report alongside Oliver, a former…

CDM Condemns Mississippi Immigration Raids

This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained 680 immigrant workers during their workday in six cities throughout Mississippi. With this latest atrocious action, the Administration continues to target immigrant families and communities. Families were torn apart on Wednesday. On their first day of school, some children came home to an empty house. Some…

New report on the State Department’s obscure summer visa program

If you’re heading to an amusement park or a resort in the next few weeks, you’ll surely meet one of the more than 50,000 hospitality industry workers who arrive in the U.S. every year on J-1 Summer Work Travel (SWT) visas.   The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program was started in 1961 to enhance diplomacy and…

We need a strong Title VII

Numerous federal courts agree: discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is illegal sex-based discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. And yet, a few outlier courts have ruled this kind of blatant discrimination to be legal.  Migrant workers often face multiple forms of discrimination. We need a strong Title VII. That’s…

H-2B Workers Sue U.S. Labor Department over Wage Rates

Jorge, Joel, Hector, Leonardo and Hilario are demanding resolution of a long-fought battle over the wages owed them and thousands of other workers. Represented by CDM and Public Citizen Litigation Group, these five former H–2B visa workers filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta in a first step…