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The following organizations provide employment programs, services, or information.  We are  collecting information on local organizations engaged in employment activities and/or issues. If you would like your organization featured, please send us your information.

Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (HERE)
Represents approximately 265,000 hospitality industry workers, including room attendants, cooks, waiters, bartenders, desk clerks, and many others, with high percentages of African-Americans, and Latino and Asian immigrant workers in many cities.

Labor Center - University of California at Berkeley
Links the University's vast resources to labor and community efforts for social and economic equity. It provides educational, research, and other programs that increase the capacity of the state's labor movement.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Seeks to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 40 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in American society.

National Employment Law Project (NELP)
The Immigrant Workers Advocacy Project provides legal support for immigrant worker organizing and advocacy, including supporting unions, independent worker centers, faith based organizations, civil rights and policy groups.

National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
NILC is a national support center whose mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low income immigrants and their families. NILC staff specialize in immigration law, and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants.

Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices - U.S. DOJ
Investigates and prosecutes employers charged with national origin and citizenship status discrimination, as well as document abuse and retaliation under the antidiscrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  Offers great information on questions, forms, laws and tools for immigrant workers and employers.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
The nation’s largest union of immigrant workers is working together with over 400 business groups, community leaders, religious organizations, and immigrant groups to build support for a common goal: “legalization for hard-working, taxpaying immigrants already in this country.”

United Farm Workers (UFW)
UFW , which has made historic achievements for farm workers over the years, is currently involved in three advocacy campaigns for immigrant workers: legislation to establish farm worker health care; support for drivers licenses for undocumented workers; and, a campaign for undocumented farm workers to earn legalization.

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