Rachel Micah-Jones, Co-founder and Executive Director of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM) — EOF’s first-ever Law & Social Policy Legacy Award winner — shared more about their work to advance justice with migrant workers. Each year, hundreds of thousands of migrant workers are recruited internationally to perform seasonal, high-risk, low-wage labor in the United States. Strategically located in both the U.S. and Mexico, CDM is the first transnational migrant workers’ rights organization in the country. Founded in 2005, CDM has worked with migrant workers for more than 15 years to remove the border as a barrier to justice and protect the rights of migrant workers as they move between their home communities and their workplaces in the United States. Through worker organizing, groundbreaking advocacy, innovative legal strategies, and technology, CDM has advanced justice for millions of migrant workers including the recovery of more than $36 million in earnings and damages and crucial legal victories that have led to industry wide investigations and system-wide changes to the migrant visa system.
- Stephanie Davison, Program Officer, Human Services, The Kresge Foundation and EOF Steering Committee member (Moderator)
- Rachel Micah-Jones, Founder and Executive Director, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.