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Tenemos Derechos - A Public Education Campaign

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $43,665)

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) funds grants to conduct public education programs about the rights afforded potential victims of employment discrimination and the responsibilities of employers under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §1324b. Programs funded by the OSC grant program are required to design and implement public education campaigns to address immigration related unfair employment discrimination by educating workers, employers, and the general public about the anti-discrimination provision of the INA.

The CRLA Foundation will use the grant funds to conduct a public education campaign to strengthen eligible low-wage workers' understanding of the anti-discrimination provisions of the INA and raise their awareness of the public and private resources available to them. The intended audience is low-wage workers, including farm workers, food processing workers, construction workers, and general service workers in seven rural counties in California's northern Central Valley who have less access to information and legal assistance and are more likely to be victims of the racial or national origin discrimination prohibited by the INA.

The campaign has four main activities: participatory, bilingual education workshops convened at times and places convenient to low-wage workers in rural areas of the northern Central Valley; presentations to leaders and members of local unions comprised largely of Latino, low-wage workers; communications via Spanish language ethnic media, both in print and radio; and presentations at events that bring together employers, workers, and consumers to discuss issues affecting Central Valley residents.


Date Created: January 2, 2011