Author: Coalition of Immokalee Workers

CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo:  Taking action with consumer allies “made me feel powerful… – and inspired me to keep fighting for human rights.”

CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo: Taking action with consumer allies “made me feel powerful… – and inspired me to keep fighting for human rights.”

[caption id="attachment_28852" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Lupe Gonzalo speaks at a Campaign for Fair Food rally in 2018.[/caption] The first time I left the town of Immokalee – and it wasn't to look for work in agricultural fields up north – was for a Campaign for Fair Food action with the CIW in 2011.  From the very first day I took my >> Read More
“With the Fair Food Program, we are protecting ourselves against the worst effects of climate change…”

“With the Fair Food Program, we are protecting ourselves against the worst effects of climate change…”

Over the next few weeks, as a part of our "Build The Future" fundraising drive to raise $100,000, we will be sharing a series of posts written by farmworker leaders themselves, with messages drawn from their own experiences as workers and as organizers in Immokalee. Today, the CIW's Cruz Salucio takes up the pen to share a powerful reflection on >> Read More
BREAKING VIDEO: CIW Headlines UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva

BREAKING VIDEO: CIW Headlines UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva

Theme of 11th annual forum: "Rights Holders at the Centre: Strengthening Accountability to Advance Business Respect for People and Planet for the Next Decade" UN gathering, Fair Food Program panel, underscore growing consensus among human rights experts and business community alike that audit-based CSR model has failed, Worker-driven Social Responsibility is future of human rights protection in corporate supply chains; >> Read More
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