Protecting Guest Workers in the United States

Protecting Guest Workers in the United States

"As the director of a project focused on the rights of migrant workers, I have been closely following the situation at the Hershey's Chocolate packing plant in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, exchange students on J-1 visas faced threats and retaliation from their recruiting agency, the Council for Educational Travel (CETUSA) when they came forward to report exploitative conditions that violated federal worker protection laws and State Department regulations. The J-1 visa "summer work travel program," of which these students were a part, is intended to provide foreign college students with cultural immersion and the opportunity to "live and work in the United States," yet the students at the Hershey plant reported such restrictive work and living environments that there was no opportunity to do more than survive." - Tiffany Williams, Dec. 27, 2011.