We’re (almost) ready to close out 2021 – but we need your help!

2022 is right around the corner – and after listening to powerful leaders from the Comité, we couldn’t be more excited to put their vision into action! All of CDM’s work is built from the ground up. Our goals and strategies stem from the experiences and priorities of migrant workers across borders. As a group…

Impact and Learnings of our Protein Processing Worker Project

We’re nearing the end of 2021. But before turning the page on this year, we want to highlight the importance of bridging workers’ rights and public health. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, food chain workers have kept us alive, risking their lives and facing egregious working conditions. A recent CDM survey with 288 protein processing workers…

This International Migrants Day, let’s celebrate what we’ve accomplished together

Tomorrow, on International Migrants Day, we’re celebrating the power of migrant workers. Throughout this year, CDM has been proud to support thousands of migrant workers in shaping policies, taking legal action and organizing for change. And we couldn’t have done it without you. Your kindness and generous support have advanced our work beyond our most…

Three Days of Power, Justice and Joy: The Comité’s National Meeting

The last few days have been filled with reunions, joy and power. We finally held an in-person National Meeting of worker leaders from CDM’s Migrant Defense Committee (Comité) in Mexico City. It was reenergizing to see that this group of worker leaders is more committed than ever to fight for migrant justice! Day ONE: After…

What are we thankful for? You. Here are 5 litigation success stories to explain why.

I am beyond grateful for you. Thanks to our wonderful allies and supporters, this year has been marked with a range of litigation success stories. We are proud to fight for migrant justice alongside courageous migrant workers, powerful co-counsel and you. Here are some of our favorite stories of impact: Filing a motion to approve…

Building Worker Solidarity in Delmarva’s Food Chain Industries: The Salisbury Fall Festival

On Thursday, November 4, we joined our allies at Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, UFCW Local 27 and others to host the Salisbury Fall Festival, bringing together nearly 200 community members for music, food, family fun and connections with Delmarva nonprofits. The Festival was the latest in our efforts to ensure that food chain workers in…

New Op-Ed: We need an inclusive pathway to citizenship

A pathway to citizenship would be transformative for millions of people in the United States. For the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers on visas, whose immigration status is tied to their employers, a pathway to citizenship would mean the ability to find alternative jobs and leave dangerous working conditions. It’s a matter of life…

New Lawsuit: Engracia Sues Her Employers for Labor Trafficking and Wage Violations

In 2012, Engracia Hernández-García was offered a job as a domestic worker on a B-1 visa. But when she arrived at her employers’ house in the US, she realized conditions were far from what she was promised. But Engracia is fighting back. Today, Engracia filed a lawsuit against her two employers and two people involved…

Our new op-ed: Ambassador Salazar should listen to migrant workers

Labor migration is in the spotlight. On Monday, Mexican President AMLO urged President Biden to offer temporary work visas to deter asylum seekers from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador from arriving at the U.S. border. Similarly, government officials from Mexico and the US discussed the issue at the recently relaunched High-Level Economic Dialogue. At the…

Here’s how Maribel and Reyna won over $138K in unpaid wages for 100 workers

It’s CDM’s anniversary month and there’s so much to celebrate. Today, it’s all about Maribel and Reyna! By now, I’m sure you know Maribel and Reyna’s story by heart. When they worked at a crawfish plant in Louisiana on H-2B visas, their employer fired them after they sought medical attention for COVID-19. A hundred people…

We’re celebrating CDM’s Sweet Sixteen with Juan Antonio (and with you!)

On this Labor Day, we’re celebrating CDM’s 16th anniversary. And I’m thrilled to kick off our month-long celebrations with one of the powerful migrant leaders with whom we started our journey: Juan Antonio Maldonado. While working as a legal services attorney in Florida, I represented migrant workers in employment and civil rights cases. Determined to…

$1 Million in Penalties for Employers: A step in the right direction — but still a long way to go

On July 23, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued dozens of citations, including six willful violations, and proposed $998,637 in penalties against four companies associated with the deadly nitrogen leak that took place earlier this year at Foundation Food Group (FFG), a poultry-processing plant in Georgia. In part, the citations allege that…