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Hundreds attend immigration event in Cooperstown

October 10th, 2017 • The Daily Star • Erin Jerome

Ninety-three percent of people working on upstate dairy farms are undocumented immigrants, according to a study released in June by The Worker Justice Center of New York, Workers’ Center of Central New York and partners.

The Jamaican Apple Pickers of Upstate New York

October 10th, 2017 • The New York Times • TIK ROOT

Visiting under the H-2A program, which brings temporary agricultural labor to the U.S., Jamaicans have worked in New York orchards since World War II.

WJCNY Applauds Executive Order No. 170

September 15th, 2017

The Worker Justice Center of New York applauds Governor Cuomo in ensuring that all New York residents may safely access our state’s services without fear that one’s immigration status may invite negative collateral consequences; consequences as severe as being separated from one’s family through immigration detention or deportation. Indeed, it is not the role of […]

Troopers investigate protested incident

August 23rd, 2017 • Wellsville Daily Reporter

A spokesperson for the New York State Police confirms that an internal investigation is ongoing in relation to an incident a local group recently protested. On Aug. 2, an immigration protest held at St Mark’s Episcopal Church focused on a New York State Police Trooper from out of the area who allegedly violated a directive […]

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 […]