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Protecting Migrant Workers’ Rights

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.

U.S. farms, hospitals, and other businesses rely on thousands of guest workers each year. But the path to a job isn’t easy. Recruiters may illegally demand money or the conditions people encounter once they arrive in U.S. may be dangerous.

Rachel Micah-Jones is founder of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, a legal-aid organization that advocates for migrant workers’ rights. CDM also operates Contratados.org, a site for workers to review employers.

And we hear Elisa Martinez Tovar’s story - interpreted by CDM Communications Director Evy Peña - about why she left Mexico to pick crabs on the Eastern Shore. You can watch her and other migrant worker women share their stories here.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.