Author: Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Part Two: Daring Investigation Reveals Horrendous Working Conditions in EFI/FTUSA Certified Farms in Mexico

Part Two: Daring Investigation Reveals Horrendous Working Conditions in EFI/FTUSA Certified Farms in Mexico

Groundbreaking academic investigation into labor conditions on farms certified under the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) and Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) uncovers rampant abuse, wage theft, and retaliation against farmworkers in Mexico. Anonymous farmworker on EFI: “The representatives of the EFI group are people close to [allegadas] the bosses or the foremen.” Excerpt from statement by workers at Rancho Nuevo Produce: “Rancho >> Read More
Part One: New Academic Article Highlights the Success of the WSR Model in Securing Dignity in the Fields

Part One: New Academic Article Highlights the Success of the WSR Model in Securing Dignity in the Fields

Business and Human Rights Journal: “…WSR programs are better at enforcement than corporate-established initiatives, resulting in real-life improvements for workers.” “The Fair Food Program’s recent expansion to several new states and crops suggests that more companies are seeing its value.” “…the short time frames for complaint resolution in the Fair Food Program (51 per cent of cases resolved within 13 days) and >> Read More
Forced Labor, Thousands of Deaths, Ahead of World Cup in Qatar Are a Reminder that Exploitation Knows No Boundaries

Forced Labor, Thousands of Deaths, Ahead of World Cup in Qatar Are a Reminder that Exploitation Knows No Boundaries

Despite centuries of struggle to end the abhorrent practice, forced labor has evolved and survived, and remains a pillar of the global economy. Guardian (UK): "6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since World Cup awarded..." Associated Press: “My manager just said, ‘I don’t care what they said in Bangladesh. We are giving you this salary and nothing more. If >> Read More
BREAKING: Justice Department Announces 3 Florida Farm Bosses “Sentenced in Multi-State Racketeering Conspiracy Involving Forced Labor” of H-2A Workers

BREAKING: Justice Department Announces 3 Florida Farm Bosses “Sentenced in Multi-State Racketeering Conspiracy Involving Forced Labor” of H-2A Workers

“These defendants exploited their victims’ vulnerabilities and immigration status, promising them access to the American dream but then turning around and confiscating their passports and threatening arrest and deportation if they did not endlessly toil away for their profit,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.  “Using coercive, deceptive and fraudulent practices to exploit >> Read More
Fair Food Program on the Podcast playlist: CIW’s Gerardo Reyes Chavez and Greg Asbed on building a successful human rights movement…

Fair Food Program on the Podcast playlist: CIW’s Gerardo Reyes Chavez and Greg Asbed on building a successful human rights movement…

Gerardo Reyes Chavez and Greg Asbed, two key, longtime leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), were interviewed in separate podcasts recently about the history of the CIW, the origins of the groundbreaking Fair Food Program and Worker-driven Social Responsibility model, and the continuing struggle for human rights in corporate supply chains in the fields and beyond. CIW’s Asbed >> Read More
Neighbors helping neighbors: Immokalee farmworkers mobilize for hurricane relief in Fort Myers, Arcadia worker communities!

Neighbors helping neighbors: Immokalee farmworkers mobilize for hurricane relief in Fort Myers, Arcadia worker communities!

Two weeks ago, the second-deadliest storm to make landfall in the U.S. this century landed in Florida — and not just anywhere in Florida, but in Southwest Florida, Immokalee's very own corner of the Sunshine State.  Miraculously, Immokalee itself was fortunate this time, as Florida's largest farmworker community managed to dodge Hurricane Ian's worst blows.  But by the fierce logic of >> Read More
Fort Myers: “Our entire community is wiped out”

Fort Myers: “Our entire community is wiped out”

[caption id="attachment_35913" align="aligncenter" width="900"] FORT MYERS BEACH - Damaged homes and debris are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)[/caption] Support working families affected by Hurricane Ian Dear friends, The unprecedented devastation caused by Hurricane Ian’s lethal combination of rain, wind, and record storm surge has left coastal >> Read More
The nation’s only organic vertical farm partners with the Fair Food Program!

The nation’s only organic vertical farm partners with the Fair Food Program!

Halton Peters, Co-founder and President of Hardee Fresh: “We want to be the best steward of the environment in the agricultural industry and the best citizen in the communities in which we live and work. Participation in the Fair Food Program furthers our pursuit of our goals and is just the most recent expression of our longstanding core beliefs.” Leonel Perez, >> Read More