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McLean Closing Speaker at Criminal/Constitutional Legal Conference in Cuzco, Peru

August 11th, 2017

Jeremy McLean, Staff Attorney at the Worker Justice Center of New York, was the closing speaker at a constitutional and criminal law conference in Cuzco. Peruvian and international legal experts were invited to present the economic ramifications of constitutional and criminal legal issues internationally and in Peru. McLean presented several examples of the illicit advantages […]

Do You Drink Milk? Read This.

July 28th, 2017 • The Nation • Michelle Chen

Over 60 New York dairy workers have been killed on the job just since 2006. The bucolic green hills of the classic dairy farm seem to be a hallmark of rural New York’s social landscape. But behind the barn door, something has gone rotten. Your fresh milk is delivered to your neighborhood grocery store courtesy of […]

Lawsuit Seeks to Win Organizing Rights for New York’s Farmworkers

July 7th, 2017 • City Limits • Kate Pastor

Crispin Hernandez, 22, used to milk cows at Marks Farm in Lowville, New York. Over three years, he said he saw and endured many injustices, including working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with very few breaks, not being treated for an injury after he was stepped on by a cow and being charged money […]

Days of Deportation Sixty scenes of immigration enforcement in the age of Trump.

June 20th, 2017 • Slate • Seth Freed Wessler

To mark President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, the Department of Homeland Security posted a multimedia update on its website featuring video of faceless federal agents placing handcuffs on a series of suspects. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers had detained some 41,000 undocumented immigrants in that period—a 38 percent year-on-year increase—which, according to […]

Report: Immigrant farm workers treated badly

June 13th, 2017 • Observer-Dispatch • Amy Neff Roth

Immigrant farm workers work long hours, are paid low wages and are susceptible to injuries, according to a recently released report. Dairy production and processing generates $14 billion a year in New York, but no one knows much about the workers behind that production, said Rebecca Fuents, lead organizer at the Workers’ Center of Central […]

Eighty years after Jim Crow, NY farm workers still fighting for rights

May 30th, 2017 • Times Union - Albany, NY • Robert Downen

Farmworkers, advocates push for legal changes, public awareness of issues Each year a dozen or so workers ride trains and board buses to the farms on which they will die. Thousands more take the same path to less tragic ends. They are the luckier ones, instead toiling for hour upon hour in the hot summer […]

Local sex trafficking survivors tell their story

May 16th, 2017 • Channel 8 • Adam Chodak

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) – The story of sex trafficking does not start on the street.  It often starts at a home built on the pretense of security.  Proof of that rests in the stories of both Caitlin and Stephanie, who grew up in Western New York.  “I went to good Catholic schools, good Catholic school […]

ON THE SCENE: Two artists fight for justice

April 27th, 2017 • Lake Placid News • NAJ WIKOFF

The murder rate in Honduras is twice as high as anywhere else in the world, over 90 per hundred thousand people, most of whom are poor, many are children. Kwervo, a hip hop composer, producer and first-time filmmaker from Belgium, presented at the Keene Valley Library Sunday evening, April 23, the first public screening of […]

Granjeros preocupados ante el riesgo de perder sus trabajadores inmigrantes

April 11th, 2017

CHICAGO — En una granja lechera en el noroeste de Illinois, Esteban trabaja la tierra como su padre le enseñó en su nativo Michoacán, México. Todos los días, antes de que salga el sol, Esteban, quien prefiere no dar su apellido para proteger su identidad dado su estatus migratorio, alimenta a aproximadamente 1,200 vacas, llueva, […]

Protesters arrested in Irondequoit after Guatemalan sisters, kids detained in Geneseo

March 24th, 2017 • Democrat & Chronicle • Todd Clausen

At least two people were arrested early Friday morning following a protest outside the U.S. Border Patrol station in Irondequoit.