Mar. 21, 2013
E Pluribus Unum Prizes
The Migration Policy Institute is now accepting applications for the 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prizes. In its fifth year, the Prizes program will award three $50,000 prizes and one Corporate Leadership Award to outstanding immigrant integration initiatives of all types, whether led by nonprofit or community organizations, businesses, public agencies, religious groups, or individuals. The application period closes on April 12. For rules, procedures and the online application, visit: www.integrationawards.org, or contact Emma Brown, at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More >
FILED UNDER: Immigration
Mar. 18, 2013
NELP Applauds Choice of Thomas Perez for Secretary of Labor
The National Employment Law Project today applauded President Obama’s expected nomination of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez to be the nation’s next Secretary of Labor. NELP’s Executive Director Christine Owens said:
President Obama could not have chosen a more capable, more commendable or more committed candidate for our next Secretary of Labor than Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez. Throughout a distinguished career in serving the public interest, Perez has single-mindedly advanced the rights of all Americans to fair treatment and equal opportunity in multiple arenas of public life, including the workplace, our schools, within the criminal justice system and at the ballot box. At a moment when so many Americans remain anxious about finding and keeping jobs that enable them to provide for today and prepare for tomorrow, Tom Perez will bring the skill and deep experience needed to move the Labor Department front and center in rebuilding an economy that works for all who work in America.Read More >
FILED UNDER: DOL
Mar. 12, 2013
New Practice Pointers for VAWA 2013
ASISTA has developed analysis and practice pointers on the new VAWA 2013 reauthorization provisions. Of particular interest to immigrant worker advocates is Congress’s inclusion of a new qualifying criminal activity for the purposes of a U visa, “fraud in foreign labor contracting,” under 18 U.S.C. Section 1351.Read More >
Mar. 11, 2013
SPLC report exposes dangers faced by Alabama poultry workers
When Oscar heard that a poultry processing plant in Alabama was looking for workers, he thought he could apply the skills he learned from studying mechanical engineering in Cuba.
But after the 47-year-old arrived in Alabama from Miami, he was asked to fold chicken wings on the production line. Oscar had to fold them fast enough to meet a quota of approximately 40 chicken wings per minute – or roughly 18,000 wings per day.
“I did my job well,” he said. “But little did I know I was harming myself in the process. They don’t warn you that this can happen.”
After about a month, Oscar developed serious hand and wrist pain. He was diagnosed with tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. When his injuries made him no longer useful to the company, he was fired.
Oscar’s story is all too common within the poultry industry, according to a new report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.Read More >
Mar. 11, 2013
Home Care Worker Brings Class Action Suit to Recover Pay
Univision’s Preimer Impacto profiles the story of Adriana Moreno, a home care worker from Colombia, who was cheated out of her wages. With the help of NELP and NY-based law firms Getman Sweeny and Abbey Spanier, Moreno has brought a class action lawsuit against her home care agency to recover her pay and bring justice for her and hundreds of her coworkers.Read More >