Tomorrow, on International Migrants Day, we’re celebrating the power of migrant workers. Throughout this year, CDM has been proud to support thousands of migrant workers in shaping policies, taking legal action and organizing for change.
And we couldn’t have done it without you. Your kindness and generous support have advanced our work beyond our most ambitious goals and lifted our team during this challenging year. Thank you! We invite you to join the fight for migrant justice by donating today in honor of International Migrants Day.
In reflecting on what we’ve accomplished together this year, CDM’s team shared their gratitude. Check out some highlights below!
“This year, we supported Maritza Perez and Adarely Hernandez in filing the first-ever complaint against the US government under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, alleging systemic sex discrimination in the H-2 programs. Our historic filing would not have been possible without migrant women, allies and supporters across borders. It marked a critical step towards advancing justice with migrant worker women. I’m so grateful to Maritza and Adarely for being at the forefront of this campaign!”
– Olga Hernández Ávila, Project Coordinator USMCA
“Your support of migrant justice has made it possible for migrant workers to use their voices and demand policies that reflect and uplift their experiences! Just last week, we coordinated a listening session where migrant worker women leaders directly delivered recommendations to advance gender equity in the H-2 temporary work visa programs to over 40 top US Federal Agency officials. We know we can’t do this without you–thank you!”
– María Perales Sánchez, Senior Policy Manager and Elizabeth Mauldin Memorial Advocate for Migrant Women.
“Through our Bansefi transfer program, we made sure more than 1,000 former H-2A and H-2B workers received nearly one million dollars in settlement funds. In many cases, this money represented wages that workers earned years ago, but employers refused to pay. These funds will be life changing for workers and their communities.Thank you for helping us get workers what they were owed! ”
– Claudia Cruz López, Lead Paralegal
“Over the past year, our outreach team has reached more than 13,000 people in person—using our Covid-safe protocols—equipping workers and their families with critical information about how to exercise their rights and protect themselves in the workplace. We also celebrated a national meeting with our Migrant Defense Committee, welcoming 11 new members! We would not be able to do this work without your generous support. Thank you!”
– Jocelyn Reyes, Outreach, Education, and Leadership Development Director
“I’m so inspired by Maribel and Reyna, two former H-2B seafood processing workers. CDM supported them in filing complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Labor Relations Board, resulting in a broad Department of Labor investigation of wage theft at the crawfish plant where they worked. In the end, Maribel, Reyna and dozens of their coworkers received payments for wage violations at the plant. They’ve courageously shared their story throughout this process, compelling other workers to take action and policymakers to improve working conditions. I’m grateful for Maribel and Reyna’s power – and for our supporters for making this work possible!”
– Evy Peña, Communications and Development Director
The end of the year is always the busiest time for CDM as workers return home and call us for support with wage claims, workplace health and safety issues, and urgent questions about rights violations. We’re counting on your generosity to ensure that workers continue to have access to our services. In honor of International Migrants Day and celebrating what we’ve accomplished together this year, will you give today?
This post was originally published on Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc..