Discrimination based on national origin, race, age, disability and gender is deeply entrenched in the H-2 guest worker system. And, because many employers prefer vulnerable foreign workers to domestic workers, they often engage in discriminatory tactics to weed out U.S. workers – even though they are required by law to seek out domestic workers.

Many women in the program – vulnerable because of language barriers, fear of the police, the isolation experienced by workers and a lack of knowledge of their rights – also face sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.