Rachel Micah-Jones of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in Syracuse

Friends of Civil Rights, Human Rights, Workers Rights,
 You are invited to attend a gathering with one of the nation’s leading civil rights attorneys at our Fairness at the Fair report to the community:
 Rachel-Micah Jones*

Founder and Executive Director
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.

An trans-national advocacy organization in support of human rights of Mexican workers employed under the federal “guest worker” (H2B) program in the United States. Check out their website at www.cdmigrante.org
The group, which has strong WORKER leadership, has been fighting back against the kind of abuses that took place by a vendor at the Great New York State Fair.
Learn what YOU can do in support of civil/human/worker rights on
Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m.
Workers’ Center of Central New York
232 E. Onondaga St.  (housed at Plymouth Church)
Memorial Hall – Entrance tru Madison St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
For more information please call (315) 218-5708
AGENDA:   
7:00-7:20 p.m.Community Report-Back  – Rebecca Fuentes and Pat Rector will briefly share what government officials in the Governor’s office and from the Departments of Labor plan to do to prevent workers at the Great New York State Fair from being exploited, cheated, mistreated, and disrespected.
7:20-7:45 p.m.Lifting Up the Workers’ Stories: –  Atty. Rachel Micah-Jones will share some stories and what workers and their allies are doing to stop the assault on their rights and on their humanity.
7:45-8 p.m. Questions & Comments
8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Action Plan: Based on what you hear, you can decide what actions you would like to take so that the Workers’ Center will be able to
  • 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
Plan to join the Workers’ Center as a member: Fee: one hour’s wage or one hour’s labor, and a pledge to take part in five workers’ struggles in the year ahead. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
Check should be made out to NYS Labor-Religion Coalition/ Workers’ Center. NYS Labor Religion Coalition is a non-profit interfaith group. Bring or mail to WORKERS’ CENTER of CNY, 2nd Floor, 232 E. Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.

* 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.


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