By bringing migrant workers’ voices to key policy forums, CDM provides a transnational worker-centered presence that is often lacking in immigration and labor policy debates. Drawing on our expertise on these issues, particularly those related to guestworker programs and international labor recruitment, CDM provides analysis, investigative reports, and policy recommendations to Mexican and U.S. policymakers, as well as to worker advocacy groups. CDM also comments on U.S. regulations to federal agencies, and strategically advocates for policy reforms.
We raise and advance the issues of migrant workers’ rights at the international level. CDM Executive Director Rachel Micah-Jones and Policy Director Elizabeth Mauldin have been delegates in several high-level international meetings, including talks leading up to the UN’s Global Compact on Migration. CDM has filed complaints, and contributed evidence and testimony in different regional and global human rights fora, participated in UN high level meetings on topics related to the status of women and trafficking.
In 2009, CDM and American University Washington College of Law co-authored Picked Apart: The Hidden Struggles of Migrant Worker Women in the Maryland Crab Industry, which details the harrowing stories of H-2B women temporary migrant workers in the crab industry, and makes recommendations for reforms at the local, state, and national levels. The official release of the report featured two former H-2B crab workers, who traveled from Mexico to speak about their experiences in the crab industry in Maryland. The report shed light on the labor abuses that pervade the crab industry and prompted policymakers to consider reforms that will improve the workplace and recruitment conditions of migrants.