Justice for Migrant Women has been engaged in educating lawmakers and other officials globally and throughout the U.S. about some of the issues that prevent migrant women from reaching their full potential and, even worse, pose a threat to their safety and security. Among these, we have spent significant time educating decision-makers about the widespread gender-based violence against migrant women at work, in their homes and in migration.
We have also raised awareness about some of the other types of workplace threats, including wage theft and dangerous working conditions. Our work centers the experiences, voices and leadership of migrant women to present the necessary solutions to those in a position to make the necessary changes.
Our current focus pertains to anti-discrimination & anti-violence, safety for child farm laborers, equal pay and other general labor protections. Justice for Migrant Women is currently engaging on advocacy related to the federal BE HEARD in the Workplace Act, the federal Children's Act for Responsible Employment and Farm Safety (CARE) Act and other state and local efforts.
Justice for Migrant Women conducts: public awareness and educational campaigns, including Know Your Rights presentations to workers; art activism through The Bandana Project, which raises awareness about sexual harassment against farmworkers; a gender equity outreach initiative targeting farmworker women in NW Ohio; and strategic media initiatives.
The Bandana Project is a public awareness campaign aimed at addressing the issue of workplace sexual violence against migrant farmworker women in the United States. White bandanas are used as a symbol of the sexual exploitation of farmworker women because farmworker women have said that they use their clothes, including bandanas, to protect them from sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.
Community members, community organizations, governmental representatives, lawyers, anti-sexual violence activists and many others decorate and exhibit white bandanas to show their solidarity with the fight to end this serious problem.
It was originally created in 2007 by Justice for Migrant Women's founder, Mónica Ramírez, while she was an attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Thousands of bandanas have been decorated around the US and in different parts of the world.
Justice for Migrant Women has created a rural civic engagement initiative focusing on the needs of migrant women and other marginalized community members to help ensure that political leaders consider their priorities.
Justice for Migrant Women is engaged on advocacy related to the rights of women and children in immigration detention. It has presented testimony and provided relevant information to the United Nations and in other international forums.
Justice for Migrant Women is engaged in culture shift and narrative work that centers migrant women, their families and experiences. We are working with and advising content creators on creating content that accurately represents the lived experiences of migrant community members and helping to bolster support for migrant women, as well as for Latinx community members, by ensuring they are accurately portrayed through media, film and through other mediums.
Justice for Migrant Women is building power and making change through multi-sector and multi-ethnic collaborations to create issue-focused organizing that spans to or reaches multiple workforces, many of which employ migrant women workers and their families.
Justice for Migrant Women works closely with migrant women worker leaders and allies to provide education, as well as tools to advance the policy and advocacy goals that have been established by migrant women for themselves, their families and their communities.
Among these, we coordinated national focus groups to understand some of the systems that fail migrant women workers when addressing sexual harassment. We have also worked with rural leaders to better understand some of the obstacles and opportunities for engaging migrant and rural women in civic engagement in their communities.