Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Out of the Shadows: The Working Conditions of Immigrant Women in Tucson A Report by the Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program, James E.Rogers College of Law and the Southwest Institute for Research on Women September 2014
Over the past seven years, the Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program has worked closely with low-wage immigrant women workers through a legal clinic, the Workers' Rights Clinic. This report is an attempt to document, in broad strokes, the recurring hardships facing immigrant women workers that the Workers' Rights Clinic witnesses. This report is based on one year of field research, between April 2012 and March 2013. Researchers collected ninety surveys from low-wage immigrant women workers and conducted twenty-nine interviews of workers, government officials, and community leaders. We offer it to inform city and state stakeholders - workers, advocates, employers, government officials, and the general public - about the conditions of this vulnerable population. As detailed in the report's final section, we also identify concrete steps the city and state could take to address the recurring abuses and exploitation we document.