Founder and Executive Director
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.
send a team of trained workers’ rights volunteers to this year’s fair to leaflet fair workers as they enter the fair on its first three days.
have a rapid response team on-call for workers who have been trafficked or seriously abused
sign a petition against one state lawmaker’s unbelievable proposal to eliminate overtime pay for fair/carnival workers
become part of a roving street theatre team to educate fair goers on the need for workers at our State’s fairs and carnivals to be treated with respect
* A 2005 Echoing Green Fellow, Ms. Micah-Jones founded and serves as Executive Director of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM). For over four years, she lived and worked out of Zacatecas, Mexico to address workplace injustice by connecting Mexico-based workers with U.S. advocates, offering know-your-rights trainings for migrant workers, and promoting just immigration policy. In 2009, Ms. Micah-Jones relocated to Baltimore, Maryland to establish and run CDM’s policy office.
Prior to founding CDM, Ms. Micah-Jones worked with the Migrant Farmworker Unit of Florida Rural Legal Services where she represented some of Florida’s 250,000 migrant workers. She worked on employment, housing and civil rights matters, litigating cases in federal and state courts, including a case at the federal appellate level. She also educated immigrant farmworkers on basic labor and civil rights and prepared bilingual legal educational materials addressing housing, civil and employment issues.
Rachel received her J.D. with honors from the American University Washington College of Law in 2003. At WCL, she was a student attorney in the International Human Rights Clinic where she represented immigrant clients on a range of matters before the Department of Homeland Security. She also worked as a law clerk in the Civil Legal Services Unit of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. In 2006, Rachel was awarded the Peter M. Cicchino for outstanding advocacy in the public interest. Since 2009, Rachel has been a Clinical Fellow at the University of Maryland School of Law where she teaches in the International and Comparative Law Clinic. Rachel was also recently named a 2010 Cordes Fellow.