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…

Women Building Gender Equity in Labor Migration

Last week, guestworker women across industries and visa categories joined forces at the three-day event The Future of (Guest)Work: Women Building Gender Equity in Labor Migration in Washington, DC. As guestworker women shared their experiences, we witnessed the transformative power of stories. Crab pickers, cruise ship workers, domestic workers, teachers, engineers and farmworkers identified common threads: discrimination, harassment,…

Our Future of (Guest)Work

The following letter was delivered to Congress on International Workers’ Day 2019 by The Future of (Guest)Work Migrant Women Delegation.  May 1, 2019   Dear Representative, We’re farmworkers, crab pickers and cruise ship workers. We’re chocolate packers, engineers, veterinarians, nurses, domestic workers and teachers from all around the world. We are united by our motivation,…

We met 5120 workers in 3 days

Every year, hundreds of thousands of guestworkers are recruited for seasonal jobs in agriculture, landscaping and seafood processing. In just 3 days, we met 5120 of them. Last week, we headed from Mexico City to Monterrey — the city that processes the highest number of H-2 visas in the world and our last chance to…

Remembering Elizabeth Mauldin

We are devastated by the loss of our beloved friend and colleague, Elizabeth Mauldin, who passed away last week after a brave, six-month battle with cancer. Elizabeth first joined CDM as an advocate in 2012. She then grew to become our fearless policy director, leading advocacy efforts that would impact the lives of hundreds of…

No one should have to pay to work — Fancy that!

We’re thrilled to report a big win in court! No one should have to pay to work. Recruitment fees are the root of a myriad of labor abuses — leaving workers indebted, and vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation. While federal law prohibits recruitment fees, it is often toothless. This means that employers and recruiters can get away…

Women are blowing the whistle on this IWD

Can you hear them? This International Women’s Day, our team is honoring courageous migrant worker women who stand up for their right to a safe workplace. But who are the women willing to blow the whistle? Today, we’re thinking of Mariel, a Mexican veterinarian hired to work in an Oklahoma hog farm under the TN…

There Is No National Emergency

On February 15, 2019, President Trump declared a national emergency in an attempt to build a border wall. In response, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM) released the following statement:   There is no national emergency. What we have is a President who is willing to manufacture a border crisis in order to…

Introducing Our New Policy Director

We’re thrilled to welcome Sulma Guzmán, our new policy director, to the CDM team! Sulma joins CDM with a wealth of advocacy experience reflecting her lifelong commitment to workers rights and underserved communities through direct litigation and policy work. She is a native of California’s Central Valley and the proud daughter of farmworkers. Following roles…

Our home stretch for 2018

We couldn’t pass up the chance to close out the year with one more day of vital migrant worker outreach — only possible thanks to your support! Last Saturday, Claudia Cruz and Rebeca Rodriguez conducted a Know-Your-Rights workshop at the 3rd Migrant Forum in Huimilpan, Hidalgo. Workers, their family members, local authorities and media attended the…

“Picked Apart” — 10 Years Later

While picking seafood with an H-2B visa, Elisa Martínez Tovar found that her workplace conditions were far from what she was promised. Her employer forced Elisa and her coworkers to live in deplorable housing. Women were channelled into lower paying tasks. Sometimes, they would go weeks without work. Their visas tied them to a single employer. And…

International Migrants Day 2018

Today, on International Migrants Day, we’re thinking of Jesús and Rigoberto — they’re closing 2018 on a high note. Jesús Silva and Rigoberto Zepeda reached out to us two years ago when they faced abuse while working in the forestry industry with H-2B visas. But now we’re celebrating: we just settled their case alongside our allies at California…