Many foreign guestworkers who come to the United States under the H-2B program are cheated out of wages, abused and practically held captive by their employers due to weak regulation and a lack of federal enforcement, a Southern Poverty Law Center expert told a U.S House subcommittee today.
Migrant tomato workers are among the poorest and most abused workers in the country, yet they are exempted from many labor laws intended to protect workers from exploitation, a Southern Poverty Law Center expert told a U.S. Senate Committee today.
A federal court in Columbia, Tenn., has granted class action status to a lawsuit the Southern Poverty Law Center helped bring against an Arkansas forestry company accused of cheating foreign guestworkers out of wages.
A subsidiary of food giant Fresh Del Monte Produce cannot hide behind a middleman labor contractor to avoid responsibility for the alleged exploitation of farmworkers who plant and harvest its fields, a federal court has ruled.
Residents of more than 40 cities across the country will take a stand against the sexual harassment and abuse of farmworker women on April 3 as part of the "Bandana Project," a partnership between the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and community groups, universities and other organizations.
Hundreds of guestworkers from India, lured by false promises of permanent U.S. residency, paid tens of thousands of dollars each to obtain temporary jobs at Gulf Coast shipyards only to find themselves forced into involuntary servitude and living in overcrowded, guarded labor camps, according to a class action lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Led by three states on the southern border, the number of hate groups operating in America has swelled by 48 percent since 2000, a staggering increase mainly attributable to the anti-immigrant fervor sweeping the country, according to the "Year in Hate" issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report released today.
The state of Mississippi has decided to close the state's notorious Columbia Training School, seven months after the Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state to stop the physical and sexual abuse of teenage girls confined there.