All Eyes on Georgia
Help stop farm worker abuse in Georgia.
Last year, “Operation Blooming Onion” uncovered fraudulent use of the H-2A visa program, including the discovery of human trafficking, rape, and even the death of farm workers. On top of that, rising temperatures in states with lax workplace protections, like Georgia, cause dangerous working conditions for farm workers. Georgia employers are notorious for widespread workplace violations, including wage theft, lack of toilets, and failure to provide drinking water. They need to be held accountable.
You can help spark change and bring awareness to the increasing number of human rights violations happening in Georgia. Sign up for email updates on our website and share this campaign. Together, we can keep “All Eyes on Georgia" and help protect the human rights of farm workers.
What We’ve Accomplished, Thanks to Supporters Like You:
H-2A Visa Violations
In February, UFW Foundation joined a coalition of labor, civil and immigrant rights' organizations in sending a letter to the Biden administration calling for a full investigation into the H-2A agricultural guest worker program after the discovery of human trafficking, slavery, and money laundering by South Georgia growers and farm labor contractors.
Field Sanitation and Safety Violations
In June, UFW Foundation Executive Director Diana Tellefson Torres toured Georgia, where she met with farm working women who voiced concerns over the lack of bathrooms in the fields. As a result, workers are forced to relieve themselves in the fields creating human rights and food safety dilemmas. Lack of restrooms in the field contributes to long-term health issues, increase the risk of sexual assault and harassment, and creates food safety hazards.
On July 25th, Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh met with UFW Foundation Executive Director Diana Tellefson Torres to discuss working conditions and what the Department of Labor can do to continue supporting farm workers. Five Georgia farm workers and UFW Foundation's Georgia Coordinator, Alma Young, joined the meeting to detail the conditions farm workers face, including the lack of safe drinking water and toilets in workplaces and the need to reform the H-2A agricultural guest worker program.
I pledge to stand up for farm workers and join the fight to stop farm worker abuse in Georgia.