NYS Dairy Worker Organizing Committee advocates for extention of OSHA Local Emphasis Program

October 5th, 2014


The 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 members Gail Mott of ROCLA, Grania Marcus of the Greater Rochester Coalition for […]

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


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 […]

WJCNY Successfully Advocates for Implementation of Local Emphasis Program on New York Dairy Farms

November 11th, 2013

In partnership with the Central New York Workers’ Center and dairy worker representatives, WJCNY has successfully advocated for OSHA to the launch a Local Emphasis Program (LEP) in 2014. The LEP will target dairy farms throughout New York State in response to the high number of deaths and accidents related to unsafe working conditions for dairy farmworkers. Under the LEP, OSHA […]

WJCNY Provides Training for Kingston Area Law Enforcement on Identifying and Assisting Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking

October 24th, 2013


Human trafficking and domestic violence are two different forms of victimization, but there are many similarities and points of intersection between these two types of violence against persons. Law enforcement officers serve a diverse population, including many who are victims of domestic violence. Therefore, it is likely that they have already worked with a human […]

WJCNY Co-Sponsors First Ulster County Latino Resource Fair

September 12th, 2013


On Saturday, September 21, from 11 am to 3pm Mano-a-Mano coalition will be presenting its first annual Ulster County Latino Resource Fair at the Everette Hodge Community Center on Franklin Street in Kingston. Free and open to the public, this event will be a celebration of diversity and an opportunity to bring valuable information and […]