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Migrant Workers

Unleashing The Full Potential of Human Mobility For Development

Cecilia Malmström | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Cecilia Malmström

Putting in place a migration policy that will promote economic growth and ensure prosperity will bring serious challenges. We need to do more to make sure the newly arrived find their place in increasingly diverse societies.

As the United Nations Sets Policies on Migration, Who Speaks for Migrant Workers?

Richard Trumka | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Richard Trumka

Immigration law enforcement continues to separate migrant families through deportation. In the meantime, employers profit from a legally vulnerable workforce.

REVEALED: Qatar's World Cup 'Slaves' Dying At Shocking Rate

Huffington Post | Posted 09.26.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

An investigative Guardian report published Wednesday found that Nepalese workers are dying at a rate of one per day as they toil to build stadiums for...

A Problem of Evidence

Bernice Yeung | Posted 11.14.2013 | TED Weekends
Bernice Yeung

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgEvidence is a powerful way to challenge deeply inhumane wrongdoing. But it also raises the question: What happens when evidence is hard to come by in individual acts of violence, like rapes and sexual assaults?

Farmworkers Face Silent Spring in the Fields

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Some lawmakers in Washington may be losing sleep in the coming weeks as they mull over proposed immigration reform legislation. But many migrant child...

SHOCK: Horrific Allegations Plague Farming Industry

The Fresno Bee | Robert Rodriguez and Diana Aguilera | Posted 08.24.2013 | San Francisco

Maria, a farmworker from Guatemala, says never again will she look at any supervisor with the same trust she once had. The 40-year-old mother of thre...

Why the Dubai Strike Matters

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

From a distance, Dubai shines like an oasis of modernity in in the desert, with its glass towers and opulent hotels. Beneath the glittering surface, h...

The Artist as Bullhorn

John Feffer | Posted 07.27.2013 | Arts
John Feffer

Art, in some sense, upends this relationship between the world and our perceptions of it. Artists provoke us into looking with fresh eyes at the things that we take for granted.

Onions, Apples, Tomatoes and Immigration Reform: We Owe it to Ourselves

James Witte | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
James Witte

If we don't fix our immigrant worker system, then onion, apple, and tomato farmers may make decisions that, though good for them, lead to higher prices and less choice for consumers.

Farm Workers Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day By Marching and Lobbying for a New Immigration Process

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 06.01.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Farm workers today honor his memory by battling to free themselves from the shackles of abuse and mistreatment they suffer as a direct result of their immigration status.

The Environmental Case for a Path to Citizenship

Philip Radford | Posted 05.14.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

Every human being deserves the dignity and right to stand up to polluters in the workplace and at home without fear of being deported and taken from their families. Without a path to citizenship, undocumented immigrants are left at the mercy of corporate polluters.

Looking for Laoban

Patrick Ainslie | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Patrick Ainslie

Chinese migrant workers are a community beyond the bottom of the economic pyramid, forced to seek employment day-by-day with no guarantees. The foundation of most migrant workers' sustenance is their relationship to a laoban.

God Made Farmers, Man Made Ways to Exploit Them

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 04.13.2013 | Home
Kelsey Timmerman

We revere the image of farmers on TV commercials and in campaign speeches. The truth is there are one billion farmers on earth and 60 percent of them live in poverty. God may have made farmers, but man continues to make new ways to exploit them.

WATCH: Popular Super Bowl Ad Remixed To Reflect 'Reality'

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 02.07.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Dodge Ram's Super Bowl ad painted a romantic portrait of American farmers, but did it irresponsibly avoid reality? The car company's "God Made a Fa...

22 Killed In Bus Tragedy

Posted 02.05.2013 | World

United Arab Emirates police said Monday that at least 22 people had been killed and more than 20 people were injured in a road collision that involved...

Immigration and the Invisible Hand of Agribusiness

Mark Muller | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Mark Muller

When considering immigration reform, we should take a lesson from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and not settle for baby steps. Exploited immigrant labor must become a thing of the past.

WATCH: U.S. Farm Worker Speaks About Slave-Like Conditions

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 02.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

For every 32 pounds of tomatoes Leonel Perez picks on Florida farmlands, he says he receives a piece rate of 50 cents. "That's a piece rate that ha...

Qatar Launches Into 2022 World Cup on Backs of Abused Migrants

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Labor activists say the fierce imbalance between the elite and the laboring underclass in Qatar is headed for catastrophe as the country prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

How F*ckyoumotherf*cker Taught Me Influence Trumps Authority

Jonathan Hursh | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Hursh

One of the most basic skills an entrepreneur needs to master right out of the gate is the ability to persuade others.

The Peach-Picker Shortage

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business

There seems to be a shortage of peach-pickers in Marysville, California. Or maybe not. Peach farms in the Marysville region -- in particular, the p...

Dave Jamieson

Migrant Laborers Sue Ag Giant Over Working Conditions | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.24.2012 | Business

A group of migrant farm workers from Texas is suing Monsanto, accusing the agriculture giant of paying them less than the minimum wage, putting them i...

North Korea Sending Workers To China To Fund State

Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

The North Korean government is making money off the backs of its population. China is allowing about 40,000 North Korean seamstresses, mechanics, ...

'Victims of Complacency': Trafficking of Migrant Workers on U.S. Military Bases

Valerie Brender | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Valerie Brender

The responsibility lies with the U.S. government to ensure that these workers -- who provide valuable services to our troops and embassies -- are not trafficked, forced into indentured servitude, or otherwise exploited on the taxpayer's dime.

As Qatar Builds for the World Cup, Its Workers Face Abuse

Human Rights Watch | Posted 08.12.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

(Doha) – Hundreds of thousands of mostly South Asian migrant construction workers in Qatar risk serious exploitation and abuse, sometimes a...

Facing Common Struggles, Domestic Workers Mobilize Across Borders

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.21.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

Creative protest through film and media are forming a common language for a dialogue on migrants' rights, breaking their silence with one collective voice.