Many migrant workers seek seasonal work only during warmer months and return to their home of origin during colder seasons. However, many of them remain in the U.S. under the H2A federal program. It is estimated that 100,000 workers each year are provided an approved foreign certificate under the program.
There has been a greater need to protect those migrant workers with increased rights and protections that the government has failed to provide.
In fact, the government’s actions through the Trump Administration are seeking to limit those rights and protections as well as decreasing the opportunities for migrants to remain in the country altogether. Migrant rights organizations consider those changes to be unwarranted and over-reaching.
Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) is an organization that has sought to protect workers and provide assurance of safety and human rights. It is a global nonprofit agency with more than 10,000 members.
Established in 1984, MCN delves deep into research in order to obtain the most useful resources for migrant workers and their families.
MCN operates programs that provide clinical care and participates in making sure migrants are receiving the essential health needs to stay safe while working in some of the most extreme conditions. Fatalities among migrant workers are higher than MCN believes is acceptable, and the organization is dedicated to reducing the numbers substantially.
The statistics are slowly declining; with 22.8 percent per 100,000 migrant worker, but MCN has taken a position that the percentage is unacceptable. The average for all other workers within agriculture, and in similar fields, is only 3.4 percent per 100,000 workers.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund based in Arizona offers resources to migrant workers in order to maintain practical information that can become lifesaving.
The foundation is right alongside a border that sees many workers who flee from an impoverished country to make a living and then return. Many workers who attempt unauthorized entry from the US-Mexico border are harmed, killed or sometimes missing.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin founded the foundation with the goal of providing migrant resources to educate and inform those who need it the most.
The debate over the immigration laws has increased their actions for the foundation and widened their efforts to reach out to the migrant community in order to spread knowledge and vital resources.
Through dedicated efforts, MCN and the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund are helping to assure the safety and human rights of migrant workers.
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