Sign onto this petition to tell Maryland legislators to support SB 742, a decisive action in our fight for migrant workers’ rights. With support from allies and migrant workers across borders, we can pass SB 742 — a first step in addressing the abuse faced by migrant workers in Maryland.
By clicking on the petition in the box below, you will be sending the following email to members of Maryland’s Senate Finance Committee.
I am asking for your support on SB 742: The Fair Recruitment and Transparency Act. This bill is scheduled to be heard before the Senate Finance Committee on February 27.
Every year thousands of migrant workers on H-2 visas arrive in Maryland. From farmworkers to crab pickers to landscapers, migrant workers often face abuse from the moment they’re recruited in their home communities — they’re at risk for trafficking and exploitation.
As Maryland residents we should protect the workers who hold those visas and sustain local industries. SB 742: The Fair Recruitment and Transparency Act will protect migrant workers on H-2 visas by:
- Prohibiting discrimination in recruitment, hiring, and job assignments;
- Banning recruitment fees to prevent workers from arriving indebted and more vulnerable to coercive labor conditions; and
- Requiring the licensing of recruiters and the creation of a registry to ensure workers know who they are working with.
It also calls for a state workgroup to study the J-1 program in Maryland.
Every worker in Maryland deserves to be treated with respect and dignity–I am asking you to please vote YES on SB 742. Welcoming migrant workers to our communities means doing everything we can to make sure they don’t face trafficking, exploitation or discrimination.