The food industry has a long history of driving and shaping low wage labor migration regimes, and around the world agriculture is often a site for large undocumented workforces, exploitative visa arrangements, and a disproportionate share of human trafficking as compared with other industries. Agricultural labor migration schemes have long permitted overcrowded housing and dangerous working conditions, allowing employer retaliation to trigger deportation of workers who speak up about dangerous conditions. Workers and allies in various jurisdictions in Asia have turned to labor organizing, trade policy, and the United Nations to address these concerns. We will present two of the broader research agendas that have emerged from the Cornell Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic’s involvement in supporting this advocacy work: 1) the significance of the farmworker in Indonesia’s independence movement and political continuity to today’s inhumane labor migration arrangements, and 2) charting the emergence of international “farmworker law.”
Presenters: Beth Lyon, Clinical Professor and Founder, Farmworker’s Legal Assistance Clinic at Cornell Law School
Pranoto Iskandar, Founding Director, Institute for Migrant Rights; Doctoral Research Fellow, McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Montréal
Part of the series "Migrations: A Global, Interdisciplinary, Multi-Species Examination"