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…

Welcoming our new class of volunteers!

Please join us in welcoming our new team of summer volunteers! Andrea, Juan, Sara and Tate will spend the coming months with our staff in Mexico City. Their invaluable experiences in immigration, organizing and research will boost CDM’s capabilities to tackle the challenges ahead. Scroll down to learn more about them. Andrea Loera is a first-year…

#15Allies15Days

We’re excited to kick off our #15Allies15Days campaign! Allies for Migrant Justice are individuals committed to removing the border as a barrier to justice by supporting our work all year round. By making monthly donations, Allies for Migrant Justice are fundamental in sustaining CDM. Donations from individuals are unrestricted and continuous, allowing us to respond to immediate…

NY farmworkers win the right to organize!

Join us in celebrating a huge legal victory for farmworkers! The right to organize allows workers to improve their working conditions. But for years, farmworkers in NY have been denied that right. They have been denied the right to unionize and to join with their colleagues to collectively address deplorable working conditions, including unfair wages,…

On stage at MIT Solve

How can technology raise labor standards for migrant workers? Last week, our Executive Director Rachel Micah-Jones stood on stage at the annual flagship meeting of MIT Solve to present on how Contratados.org is changing the balance of power for migrant workers. Contratados.org, our Yelp++ for migrant workers, was named one of eight Solver teams in the…