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Immigrant Justice
April 16, 2008

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.

Children's Rights
April 16, 2008

The Southern Poverty Law Center today released a briefing book with innovative recommendations for reducing Mississippi's alarming student and teacher dropout rates, the first step in a statewide campaign that will bring together parents, educators, legislators.

Immigrant Justice
April 15, 2008

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.

Immigrant Justice
March 28, 2008

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.

Immigrant Justice
March 19, 2008

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.

Immigrant Justice
March 10, 2008

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.

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