To the United States Congress
- Pass the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act
(VAWA) reauthorization bill (S. 1925) or similar legislation that
strengthens the U visa and other protection for immigrant victims of
sexual violence, including farmworker women and girls.
- Enact immigration legislation that would reduce the
incidence of serious abuses of immigrant workers’ rights, including
reform of the existing agricultural guestworker program and enactment of a
program of earned legalization for unauthorized farmworkers already in the
- Enact legislation to ensure equality of remedies for all
workers who suffer workplace violations or seek to enforce workers’
rights, regardless of immigration status, and thereby rectify the Supreme
Court’s decision in Hoffman Plastic.
- Eliminate the exclusion of farmworkers from important
labor protections like the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor
To the US Department of Homeland Security
- Repeal programs such as Secure Communities which require
or encourage local police to enforce federal immigration laws.
- Screen immigrants arrested in enforcement actions for
eligibility for U and T visas and ensure that appropriate prosecutorial
discretion policies, as outlined in Immigration and Customs Enforcement
memoranda, are applied to them.
To the US Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Increase agricultural workplace inspections and the civil
and criminal penalties imposed on employers, within the limits allowed by
law, to improve their compliance with relevant laws.
To All State Governments
- Ensure that state laws fill gaps in federal labor
protections for agricultural workers and provide alternatives to federal
avenues for seeking redress for sexual harassment and other workplace
To Local Law
- Take all necessary and appropriate steps to assure
immigrant communities that unauthorized immigrants who report crimes will
not be reported to immigration authorities.
To Agricultural Employers
Create and enforce clear
workplace policies prohibiting sexual violence and harassment, and create
accessible channels by which employees can safely report violations.
- Investigate every reported instance of sexual violence or
harassment and take prompt corrective action to remedy the problem.