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New York Times Feature Propels Broad Public Awareness of Unaccompanied Minor Crisis, Highlights WJCNY’s Reponse

June 25th, 2014

New York Times *Scroll Down for Full Slate of Coverage* Surge in Child Migrants Reaches New York, Overwhelming Advocates By KIRK SEMPLE JUNE 17, 2014 Leo, an undocumented minor from Guatemala, takes English classes and gets legal guidance at the Atlas: DIY center for immigrant youths in Brooklyn. For more than a month, 16-year-old Cristian [...]

Victor Post Article Sheds Light on Growing Dangers in NY’s Dairy Industry, References WJCNY’s Efforts

June 25th, 2014 • Victor Post, June 24, 2014 • Julie Sherwood


Danger on the farm: Ontario County-area farmers, experts explore hazards of agriculture As the dairy industry grows in New York, so does awareness of farm hazards — slippery floors, animal behavior, heavy equipment, grain storage and more. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34 deaths from dairy farm accidents took place in New [...]

WJCNY Staff Member Gives Talk On Farm Worker Conditions in Hudson Valley

June 16th, 2014 • Star-Register • Jim Planck


CATSKILL — Talking justice Catskill’s Magpie Bookshop hosted a talk Saturday afternoon on Hudson Valley farmworker living and working conditions, given by, seated, left, Worker Justice Center of NY outreach worker Leanne Tory-Murphy, and right, “Labor and Locavore” author Margaret Gray.

Successful Dairy Worker Tour Leverages Key OSHA Victories, Highlights NY’s Worker Exploitation Crisis Amidst Greek Yogurt Boon

June 12th, 2014

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For Immediate Release: Date: May 21, 2014 Contact: Rebecca Fuentes, Organizer, Workers Center of Central NY: (315) 657-6799 Carly Fox, Organizer, Worker Justice Center of NY: (585) 500-9409 NYS Dairy Farmworkers Secure Key Victories in Health and Safety Enforcement in NYS Congressman Richard Hannah’s attempt to let unsafe workplaces off the hook by asking OSHA [...]

WXXI Reports Dairy Workers’ Tour

May 1st, 2014


Dairy Farm Worker Encourages Others to Speak Up About On-The-Job Dangers A local farm worker is touring area churches and community centers to bring attention to the dangers of on dairy farms. José Cañas is originally from El Salvador, but he’s worked in New York agriculture for 3 years. Cañas says he’s putting his job on the line [...]

WJCNY Files Lawsuit Against La Casa Restaurant in Rochester

April 28th, 2014


La Casa restaurant owner target of lawsuit 4/22/14 @ 1:51 pm The Worker Justice Center of New York has filed a federal lawsuit in the Western District of New York against La Casa Restaurant, a local Mexican restaurant, and its owner Lyjha Wilton alleging widespread labor violations and other unlawful acts over the course [...]

Dairy farmworkers seek support for farm safety inspections in New York

February 4th, 2014


Politicians look out for farmers, ignore dangers to farmworkers To the Editor: Recently I was part of a group that met with the editorial board of this newspaper. In the meeting we presented information, and my testimonial and that of another worker, so that the newspaper would be informed and would support the Local Emphasis [...]

Daily Record Article by WJCNY Board Chair Steve Cole

December 19th, 2013

I write during this holiday season to discuss and celebrate the work of the Worker Justice Center of New York, Inc., a statewide legal services organization with local roots and a strong local presence. Some readers may recognize the name Farmworker Legal Services of New York, based in Rochester, which serves the needs of farmworkers [...]

Latin American Festival Helps Unite Kingston

September 16th, 2013

By James Nani Times Herald-Record Published: 2:00 AM – 09/16/13 KINGSTON — It was a day of inclusion, outreach and acknowledgement for Midtown’s diverse Latin American population Sunday, at a block party celebrating the city’s first Mexican and Central American Independence Day. Music blared and parents guided children through the crowd along a closed-off section [...]

Teach-in Calls for Immigration Reform

August 23rd, 2013

David Lee Columbia-Greene Media

By John Mason Columbia-Greene Media | Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 12:30 am        Speakers at a teach-in at Seventh Street Park in Hudson Thursday called on the U.S. Congress to pass the comprehensive immigration reform bill, which is currently on hold in the House of Representatives. Master of Ceremonies Antonio Flores-Lobos said President Obama is [...]