OSHA ETS Excludes the Vast Majority of Workers from Protection

On January 21, 2021, President Biden instructed the U.S. Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) to analyze the need for Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) to protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and give its recommendations by March 15th, 2021. On June 10th, almost three months later than expected — and after more than a year since…

Op-Eds in MX and US: Guestworker visas do not address the root causes of migration

We’re kicking off a momentous week in the fight for migrant justice. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will be arriving in Mexico this evening to meet Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and discuss migration, labor and trade. For months, both leaders have floated the idea of expanding guestworker programs as a “quick fix” to…

JUST FILED: Leading human rights scholars stand with Maritza and Adareli by filing a supplement under the USMCA

Today, 59 leading human rights scholars across Mexico, the United States and Canada filed a supplement under the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) demanding that the US government end discrimination in its temporary guestworker visa programs. The supplement supports the first petition against the U.S. government under the agreement, in which migrant workers Maritza Pérez and…

Please join us in welcoming Liliana Giffen to CDM’s Board of Directors!

Please join us in welcoming Liliana Giffen to CDM’s Board of Directors! For more than 15 years Liliana has worked with international organizations furthering their missions to advance social change. To CDM, she brings an exciting combination of experience, skills, and energy relevant to our work. Currently, Liliana is the Director of Communications at Humanity…

Announcing CDM’s Protein Processing Worker Project!

This Workers’ Memorial Day, in honor of workers who have been killed or injured on the job, we’re announcing CDM’s Protein Processing Worker Project. Through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, this project seeks to prevent infectious diseases among workers in protein (seafood, meat and poultry) processing industries in the Delmarva region. As part of…

CDM is the Winner of the Inaugural EOF Law & Social Policy Legacy Award

We are excited to announce that CDM has been named the inaugural recipient of the Law & Social Policy Legacy Award from Economic Opportunity Funders (EOF)! Established in 2020 to increase awareness of organizations working to advance law and social policy for low-wage workers’ rights, this award recognizes our “strong record of achieving justice for…

JUST FILED: Migrant worker women submit first-ever petition against U.S. under the USMCA

We have big news. This morning, migrant worker women submitted the first-ever petition against the U.S. under the USMCA. The petition was signed by a binational coalition of dozens of allies led by CDM. Together, we’re arguing that the United States government failed to live up to its obligations under the trade agreement by allowing…

A special video for #IWD: What we’re doing to advance gender justice with migrant workers

This International Women’s Day, we’re thinking about the women who are advancing gender equity across borders in different ways: organizing others in their workplace to demand equitable working conditions, taking legal action to hold their employers accountable for discrimination, and advocating for policies that reflect their voices. Migrant worker women are fighting for an alternative…

Biden and AMLO: The Bracero program is far from an acceptable starting point

On Monday, Presidents Joe Biden and Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) held their first official meeting to discuss priorities for U.S.-Mexico cooperation, including labor migration. Prior to the meeting, AMLO said he would propose a labor migration program resembling the Bracero program, established in 1942 to address labor shortages in the U.S. due to World…

Check out Maribel and Reyna’s op-ed in USA TODAY

Maribel and Reyna, two crawfish workers, were fired by their employer for seeking medical treatment after they became infected with COVID-19 at their workplace in Louisiana. With CDM’s support, they filed a whistleblower complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) arguing that their employer retaliated against them…

Our last GOL of 2020: launching a new project around the 2026 FIFA World Cup!

Today, on the last day of a very challenging year, I’m thinking about the times to come when we’ll be together again. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce a new and exciting project: advancing migrant justice around the United 2026 FIFA World Cup! Hosted in cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico, this World…

In a Time Like No Other, We Need You in this Fight

Migrant workers have spent much of 2020 sustaining the world’s food supply chain. In the midst of outbreaks, business and border closures and stay-at-home orders, workers have continued to be recruited abroad to perform essential jobs — picking strawberries in California and oranges in Florida and processing crab in Maryland and crawfish in Louisiana. Although…