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labor trafficking training - PEARR & universal education

Supporting and adding to CAST LA's comments:

Susan Harwood Grants could integrate labor trafficking awareness

Worker safety training grants aimed to raise worker awareness of health and safety issues could integrate basic awareness training about workplace rights beyond OSH issues, as well as indicators of labor trafficking, and what to do when labor trafficking is suspected. This training should also include de-biasing... more »

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Civil Right Activity Heat Mapping Project (CRAHM)

# Civil Right Activity Heat Mapping Project (CRAHM)

# Organizational Change and Decision-Making Presentation

Overview of the Planned Change

Overview of the Planned Change & Potential barriers

Many of today's leading organizations utilize mapping and mapping related tools, to depict the geographic location of their service areas or to make similar references to their individual organizations areas of concentration.... more »

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All workers must be able to report hazards without fear

Workers are the eyes and ears of workplaces. When they can report hazards without fear they not only avert danger for themselves but entire workplaces -- and in a time of COVID, families and communities as well. Too often employers use the threat of deportation to silence employees. OSHA must do everything in its power to protect workers who speak up - with strong whistleblower protections (including responding to the... more »

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ODEP's Work Supporting Survivors on the Job

Wages for Published Minors Recycling Bin

Please make my previous employer, DynCorp International, following me around with military aircraft, and Penguin Random House and Universal Pictures, 1983-1998 Babe Pig series reproducers of my 1971 Highlights For Children poem, Groovy Pig, and Unity Wee Wisdom poem, The Groovy Pig, pay me $24.5 million (10% of the Babe Pig series earnings) and $35.2 million (10% of the State of California wildfire fighting grant to DynCorp... more »

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Knowledge is Power: Robust KYRs Education

This will require a lot of education. Individuals with disabilities and with other vulnerabilities (ex. Criminal record, DV/abuse, homelessness, etc.) who are (re-)entering the workforce will need a robust education on warning signs, things to look out for, and their rights. Does something sound too good to be true? Are you work circumstances changing overtime? Etc. Equip the most vulnerable with the knowledge to notice... more »

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Invest in Trauma-Responsive Practices and Collaborations

Survivors of human trafficking often face a set of compounding obstacles that frequently prevent them from accessing and sustaining the employment opportunities necessary to be economically secure, heal emotionally, and reduce risk of future exploitation. First, they may face vulnerabilities initially exploited by traffickers such as poverty, homelessness, poor mental health, or a lack of social supports, and second,... more »

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Know Your Rights - Outreach and Prevention

The Dept. of Labor should require that all foreign-labor contractors (those who apply for H2-B, H2-A, etc. visas) to post information similar to OSHA posters about the labor and other rights of the migrant workers employed under these programs in the relevant language of the employees. This includes, but is not limited to:

(1) Relevant Wage & Hour Laws

(2) Information about safety equipment & uniforms that must be provided... more »

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Supporting Survivors Awaiting Work Authorization in Job Training

ODEP should develop and create meaningful apprenticeships and trauma-informed job training programs that are geared to working with immigrant survivors of trauma who are dealing with the real implication of past violence in the workplace. Not only would a program like this support survivors while they wait for immigration relief so that they are better equipped to engage in the workforce upon receipt of a T-visa, but... more »

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Proper Training of Employers - LEAN / 6 SIGMA

When I was in manufacturing we competed against China and US Based companies with Undocumented Laborers / Labor Trafficking Victims. Both groups had wage rates well below our legal operating wage rates. In fact we were known in the area as one of the top paying employers, paying every employee a living wage.

What set us apart was engaging our employees in training and education on how to constantly review and improve... more »

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Strict Enforcement

First of all, Thank You for bringing this issue to the forefront.

I have been in the union construction trades for over 32 years. I have been on staff for over 16 years. A lot of my days are spent talking to workers in the construction industry who are either, not paid right, misclassified or threatened if they speak to anyone of authority.

To date we have filed numerous wage theft violations over the years against... more »

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Technology to Identify Trafficking in Labor Supply Chains

Current efforts to identify and interdict labor trafficking are at the artisanal scale and is like trying to drain a lake of its water one cup at a time. There is vast amounts of open source data available on various aspects of the labor supply chain. Monitoring efforts are currently hampered by an inability to cross reference data points across multiple massive data sets from different agencies, companies and the internet.... more »

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Work with DoS to Protect J-1 Visa Holders from Trafficking

DOL should work to protect J-1 visa holders from trafficking and exploitation. This should be done through cooperation with DOS on pre-departure training, consistent and timely investigations and screening of all host programs, reliable reporting resources for complaints, and more. In our experience, the J-1 program can be valuable; however, it involves significant opportunity for exploitation where participants—who have... more »

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Improve Investigations by Involving Partners

The Advocates for Human Rights strongly encourages DOL to ensure any protocols guarantee the involvement of social service providers and advocates early and throughout the investigation. The individuals help aid the investigation by providing needed services to make victims safe and comfortable. They also have training and skills in trauma-informed interviewing techniques and understand nuances facing special populations.... more »

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Prioritize complaints that allege retaliation

Many workers fear raising worksite complaints about worker safety because their work authorization is attached to their job. WHD should prioritize complaints that allege retaliation in order to protect workers who come forward about labor trafficking and exploitation. WHD should also issue guidance and update the Field Operations Handbook and training to ensure that WHD investigators apply a broad interpretation of retaliation... more »

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