We’re counting on Marylanders to tell legislators just how transformational SB 742 will be — join us Friday, February 21 in Annapolis! We’ll gather in the Senate Office Building at 9am to sign postcards and meet with legislators to share why SB 742 is important for migrant workers.
Together we can deliver the message to Maryland legislators that we stand with migrant workers as we prepare for the big hearing on February 27.
From farmworkers to crab pickers to landscapers, guestworkers in Maryland face abuse, including trafficking and exploitation, from the moment they’re recruited abroad. SB 742 would protect migrant workers in Maryland by:
- Banning recruitment fees to prevent workers from arriving indebted and more vulnerable to coercive labor conditions
- Prohibiting discrimination in recruitment, hiring, and job assignments
- Requiring the licensing of recruiters and the creation of a registry to ensure workers know who they are working with
- Creating a state workgroup to study the J-1 program in Maryland (the subject of our recent report, Shining a Light on Summer Work).
SB 742 will be a decisive action in our fight for the rights of migrant workers in the state. Welcoming migrant workers to our communities means doing everything we can to make sure they’re safe and treated fairly. Every worker deserves respect and dignity.