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Better Treatment for Guest Workers

Many temporary workers who are recruited abroad to work in the United States under the H-2 temporary worker program are subjected to fraud, charged illegal fees and are threatened, intimidated and mistreated by recruiters and employers, according to a new report released this week.

The report, released by Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc., a Public Welfare Foundation grantee, is called,Recruitment Revealed: Fundamental Flaws in the H-2 Temporary Worker Program and Recommendations for Change. It exposes substantial problems in the current H-2 program’s recruitment systems and proposes changes that will prevent worker exploitation and abuse.

Each year, more than 100,000 temporary workers are recruited from abroad to work in the United States under the H-2 temporary worker program, which supplies workers for industries such as agriculture, landscaping, forestry and hospitality.

The report examines some of the little-known conditions under which migrant workers are recruited for jobs in these industries. In addition to the report, an interactive online tool that details abuses uncovered through the study has also been launched and it allows the public to report recruitment abuses.

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