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Center for Immigrants' Rights and NGA release report calling for guest worker protections


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As part of its mission to promote a modernized immigration system through representation of immigrant advocacy organizations, Penn State Law's Center for Immigrants' Rights teamed up with the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) to produce a report on important policy changes to the H-2B program necessary to protect both U.S. workers and guest workers.

The report, “Leveling the Playing Field: Reforming the H-2B Program to Protect Guestworkers and U.S. Workers,” released by NGA today highlights cases of exploitation from Texas to Tennessee, and calls for four indispensable reforms that would end employer abuse and protect both guest workers and U.S. workers: 
  • Guaranteeing guest workers the right to organize without fear of retaliation;
  • Prohibiting employers from using guest workers as cheap, exploitable alternatives to U.S. workers;
  • Eliminating debt servitude and other elements of human trafficking in the program; and
  • Subjecting employers to meaningful government enforcement and community oversight.
Under the supervision of the Center’s director, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, law students Stacie Hunhoff ’12 and Allie Sievers ’12 reviewed and researched related legal standards, treatises, and other materials, including evidence accumulated by the NGA through past litigation, administrative advocacy, and outreach. 
 
Describing her experience working in the clinic, Sievers stated ““My time with the Center has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my law school career – and has been, by far, my most valuable law school experience in terms of preparation for practice.”

“Allie and Stacie have produced a strong advocacy document for NGA that I believe will serve as a significant step toward leveling the playing field between guest workers and U.S. workers,” said Wadhia.
 

 

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