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…

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…