Elisa became a worker leader at CDM’s Migrant Defense Committee — educating job seekers in her community about their rights, speaking with national media, and providing testimony to advocate for justice. In 2009, we collaborated closely with her and other seafood workers to launch the report Picked Apart: The Hidden Struggles of Migrant Worker Women in the Maryland Crab Industry. After years of advocating to ban illegal recruitment fees and prevent recruitment fraud, women in Elisa’s community are no longer paying to work.
2019 will mark 10 years since the launch of Picked Apart — and we’ll be launching a new report! We can’t wait to amplify workers’ voices