In an aim to stop bad treatment among Filipino migrant workers in the United States with temporary work visas, a new website was launched by a nonprofit organization Asian American Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA).
The organization launched the program called Ang Karapatan Mo Sa America (Your Rights in America. It provides a list of Filipino migrant’s rights and helpful tips on the visa provider and specific visa that is currently acquired. The program comes in both English and Tagalog languages.
“What we have seen in our work is that a disproportionate number of our h*m*n tr*ff**king clients are Filipino, and too often they would come to us with help for applying for visas, specifically a T visa, and would often come back to us many years later after they’ve left their h*m*n tr*ff**king situation, and so that makes it difficult,” says Christopher Lapinig, a Filipino American staff attorney behind the said initiative.
Lapinig thinks that tr*ff**king and other illegal activities can be curb with proper knowledge.
“As more time lapses, it makes it more difficult to look for other forms of legal action that they could take like suing their employer or tra**icker, so part of the rationale for us was to help people understand their rights and recognize that their rights are being violated sooner rather than later so they could leave their problematic situation and find legal assistance more quickly,” says Lapinig.
Though domestic workers are the common prey of tra**ickers, Filipinos working in the field of hospitality, caregivers, and the teacher are also recruited but fooled into a job in America.
Filipinos can also reach the organization through this number: 1 (855) 300-2552.