We are proud to have fought and WON access to driver's licenses for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. The Driver's License Access & Privacy Act--better known as the Green Light law--takes effect on Monday, December 16th. WJCNY is committed to making sure those we serve are fully informed about the process and understand their newly won rights. We have been working tirelessly with our Green Light NY Coalition partners across the state to ensure smooth implementation of the law and equal access to licenses in every corner of our state.Read more
Yesterday, Forbes reported on an open letter addressed to Chobani’s Founder and CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya, calling on him to support the right of farmworkers to unionize. Chobani recently announced that it will partner with Fair Trade USA to certify dairy suppliers, including on “Worker Wellbeing.” But we are concerned about Fair Trade USA’s spotty record on respecting workers’ rights to organize after the organization certified a Central American melon farm with a history of union busting and grave worker exploitation. The letter was co-signed by WJCNY along with our partners, the Workers' Center of Central New York, SEIU Local 32BJ, and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC). Read about it here in Forbes!Read more
Autumn Update from the Advocacy Department by Emma Kreyche.
Call-to-Action on the harmful pesticide Clorpyrifos by Sara Curtis, Advocacy & Communications Specialist.
"The WJCNY staff and board are beyond overjoyed with two major legislative wins in 2019. The passage of the “Green Light NY” bill permitting access to driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrant New Yorkers along with the Farm Laborers’ Fair Labor Practices Act were long-overdue victories for NY’s immigrant and farmworker communities. These are historic victories!..."
Anti-Human Trafficking Autumn Update by Renan Salgado.
"WJCNY's Anti-Human Trafficking program continues to excel in its role as the leading organization focusing on labor trafficking in the state of New York. Thus far in 2019, the program has assisted 29 victims of human trafficking. In addition, WJCNY’s expertise on the subject of labor trafficking continues in high demand across the country..."Read more
Survivor Services Autumn Update By Cheryl Gee.
"WJCNY works with some of the most vulnerable survivors of domestic violence – undocumented workers. For undocumented workers, barriers to leaving abusive relationships include immigration status, fear of deportation for themselves or family members, language access to systems of care, and cultural barriers in close-knit undocumented communities..."
Autumn update from Outreach and Education, by Irene Sanchez.
"Driving across New York State performing outreach to agricultural workers has its perks: beautiful sunsets, the glaze of snow in the winter, the bloom of the apple trees in the spring and colorful autumn landscapes..."Read more
WJCNY executive director, Lauren Deutsch, has been named in City & State New York magazine's Labor Power 100 - a recognition of the state's most influential labor leaders. “I’m honored to be a part of the team at Worker Justice, building power with the workers who are the foundation of our larger New York community. City and State’s inclusion of our work is deeply gratifying, as is sharing this honor with all the amazing leaders transforming Labor in NY," said Deutsch. In this inaugural year of the magazine feature - its release timed with Labor Day - NY's labor leaders are recognized alongside the many victories won in 2019 impacting the labor movement were also highlighted. WJCNY is proud to have played integral roles in the passage of the Green Light NY legislation and the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, long-fought battles to win rights for predominately immigrant workers.