Announcements

WJCNY responds to announcement of executive action on immigration

November 21st, 2014

The Worker Justice Center of New York welcomes President Obama’s announcement of temporary administrative relief for millions of undocumented immigrants. The plan, which aims to prevent deportation of immigrants whose children are US citizens or legal permanent residents, will benefit thousands of New Yorkers who will no longer have to live in fear of family […]

May 1st Farmworker Committee secures support for extension of OSHA Local Emphasis Program

November 13th, 2014

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The May First Farmworker Committee (formerly NYS Dairy Worker Organizing Committee) is advocating for the OSHA Local Emphasis Program (LEP) to extend into a second year of unannounced, surprise inspections of New York State’s dairy farms.  On October 3, 2014, worker leader Jose Cañas, joined by community allies Gail Mott of ROCLA, Grania Marcus of […]

WJCNY opposes police checkpoint at Ulster County Department of Social Services

November 11th, 2014

WJCNY has submitted a letter addressed to Ulster County Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum and other county officials urging them to end a policy requiring photo ID and warrant checks for all those entering the Ulster County Department of Social Services.

WJCNY worker leaders organize against “Poli-Migra” to stop collaboration between State Police and Border Patrol

November 3rd, 2014

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On November 2, 2014 hundreds gathered in Wayne County to participate in a cultural, spiritual, and political Day of the Dead event to mourn deceased loved ones and draw attention to the ongoing suffering caused by New York State Police collaboration with immigration enforcement agencies, known as the “Poli-Migra”. We solemnly delivered a letter to the state […]

Human Trafficking in the Hudson Valley: Defining and Addressing a Growing Trend

July 7th, 2014

 Speakers:       Gonzalo Martinez de Vedia – Worker Justice Center of NY Stephan Spilkowitz – Andrus Children’s Center Date: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 // Time: 6PM Location: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 15 St. John St., Monticello, NY Trafficking in persons is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world. New York State is a source, transit and […]

WJCNY’s Kingston Office Has Moved! Join Us to Celebrate on May 15th

May 8th, 2014

We are excited to announce that our Kingston office has moved to 9 Main Street (near the intersection with Clinton Avenue, one block from Academy Green Park). We are excited to be in our spacious new home that will enhance our ability to serve low-wage workers throughout the region. We also invite all friends and […]

WJCNY and Partners Launch Statewide Dairy Farmworkers Speakers Tour

April 29th, 2014

For Immediate Release: Kickoff of Statewide Justice for Dairy Farmworkers Speakers Tour April 25, 2014 — Today marks the start of an 11-day-long speaking tour, which will stop at churches, universities, and community centers throughout New York State to draw attention to the plight of immigrant dairy farmworkers and to build support for the Justice […]

WJCNY Worker Poets to Present at PEN Global Festival in NYC

April 14th, 2014

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WJCNY is partnering with the PEN American Center to provide farmworkers in the Hudson Valley with an opportunity to participate in creative writing courses and present their work at the 2014 World Voices Festival in New York City on May 3rd. PEN American Center is a human rights writers’ organization that works to ensure that people everywhere […]

WJCNY Co-Director Papenfuse To Serve on Statewide Committee

February 12th, 2014

Chief Judge Names Members of Committee Charged With ExaminingHow Non-Lawyer Advocates Can Help Narrow New York’s Justice Gap Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the members of an advisory group charged with examining the role that appropriately trained and qualified non-lawyer advocates can play in bridging New York’s justice gap. Led by Roger Maldonado, a […]

WJCNY Files Trafficking Case Against Millionaire Annie George

November 15th, 2013

November 14, 2013–Albany, NY: The Worker Justice Center of New York has recently filed civil charges against Annie George on behalf of Valsamma Mathai, a former domestic employee of the defendant. The complaint alleges that George subjected Mathai to involuntary servitude and forced labor over the course of several years and failed to pay Mathai […]