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Saket Soni
Saket Soni is the Executive Director of the National Guestworker Alliance and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

Entries by Saket Soni

Will Corporations Win More Exploitable Workers?

(12) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 5:12 PM

If the business lobby has its way, immigration reform will bring one group of immigrant workers out of the shadows while trapping another in exploitation.

Corporations have fought hard to make sure immigration reform includes as many guestworkers as possible with as few labor protections as possible: an endless stream...

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Why Big Business Wants More Guestworkers

(7) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 12:28 PM

Last week, you met Martha Uvalle, who defied threats of violence and blew the whistle on labor abuse in the H-2B guestworker program -- helping protect the wages and conditions of 24 million U.S. workers.

Today, I want to introduce you to KahInn Lee. At the start of...

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Why U.S. Workers Need Guest Worker Whistleblowers

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 1:22 PM

Meet Martha. Last year she was an H-2B guest worker in a Louisiana labor camp on the Walmart supply chain. This year she's on the frontlines of immigration reform.

Martha defied threats of violence, retaliatory firing, and deportation by her employer to blow the whistle on forced labor....

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24 Million Reasons to Protect Immigrant Whistleblowers

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 12:30 PM

In a U.S. economy where tens of millions are struggling, guestworkers on H-2B visas are trapped at the bottom. These so-called "low skilled" temporary workers occupy fields from hospitality to construction to landscaping to food processing -- alongside 24 million U.S. workers in the same sectors. And the job quality...

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Leveling the Playing Field

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 12:38 PM

Hundreds of thousands of workers enter the United States each year on temporary visas through federal guestworker programs. They work in critical industries -- from landscaping to construction to education -- often in deeply exploitative conditions that rise to the level of forced labor and involuntary servitude.


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News From the Front: The POWER Act

(4) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 1:33 PM

In the fight for workers' right to organize in America, a 19-year-old migrant construction worker is on the front lines.

Josue Diaz is a member of the Congress of Day Laborers in New Orleans. After Hurricane Ike struck the Gulf Coast, Josue was taken to Texas to do treacherous clean-up...

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From Katrina's Crucible, a New Vision of Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 10:48 AM

It was a year after Katrina. We were at a FEMA trailer park, in a wilderness hours outside of New Orleans. This was one of the many far-away places the US government had strewn New Orleaneans after the storm. There, African American residents, left homeless and unemployed, were greeting a...

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