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Essential Workers: The Migrant Women In Maryland’s Crab Industry

Chesapeake Bay Program

The migrant women who pick crabmeat on the Eastern Shore are essential workers. They are not immune to discrimination or hazardous work conditions. A new report, titled “Breaking The Shell,” shines light on the conditions these workers face.

Sulma Guzman, policy director and legislative counsel for the nonprofit Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, describes what they are hearing from workers. Read "Breaking the Shell" here.

And Jack Brooks, president of the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association, defends the field’s practices.

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.