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CNN on FFP, Part III: “When we get calls from outside the Fair Food Program, it is heartbreaking”…

CNN Freedom Project: “There are roughly 30,000 people currently working on Fair Food Program farms and receiving all the protections and benefits outlined in the agreements.  But, there’s still a long way to go to bringing the rest of the country onboard.”Today we bring you the third and final installment of the extraordinary CNN report on the Fair Food Program, “How America’s ‘ground-zero’ for modern slavery was cleaned up by workers’ group.”  This third video focuses on the history of the CIW’s anti-slavery efforts, and on the development and expansion of the Fair Food Program as the principal means for eliminating […]

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Holiday surprise: FFSC Director Judge Laura Safer Espinoza wins prestigious Purpose Prize!

Fair Food Program’s best kept secret, secret no longer, as award makes national news!…Last week, the Fair Food Standards Council’s own Judge Laura Safer Espinoza was honored with Encore.org’s prestigious Purpose Prize.  Recognizing “six over 60” who are “combining their passion and their experience for social good,” the Prize highlights Judge Laura’s immeasurable contribution to the Fair Food Program, which comes on the heels of a long and remarkable career on the bench as a New York State Supreme Court Judge.Here are some of the highlights from the Encore site’s profile of Judge Safer Espinoza (which, of course, we strongly encourage you to read in […]

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EEOC Task Force holds up Fair Food Program at national hearing as practice “we’ve seen work” to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment…

EEOC highlights Fair Food Program’s unique capacity to prevent sexual harassment at national gathering focused on “promoting the practices we’ve seen work…”This past Tuesday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission gathered its Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace in Los Angeles to discuss some of the most country’s most promising models for addressing — and preventing — harassment in the workplace, from the office to the kitchens to the fields.The Task Force, launched by EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang, was established in January of this year.  Here below is an excerpt from the later press release, announcing the Task Force’s […]

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Fair Food Program front and center at international Women’s Forum in Milan!

[hupso title=”.@FairFoodProgram front and center at international Women’s Forum in Milan!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/07/womens-forum-milan/”]“Providing a model and inspiration to workers’ and human rights organizations around the world…”Last week, in Milan, Italy, human rights leaders, CEOs and cultural icons gathered for the annual Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, coinciding with the 2015 Expo Milano.  Some 500 participants from across the globe came together to discuss issues relating to food systems, nutrition, and gender under the umbrella of the forum’s theme, “Nurturing a Sustainable Future.”Among the key speakers for the weeklong event was the Fair Food Program’s own Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Director of the Fair Food Standards Council, who presented along with small […]

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Video short: Aspen Institute puts Fair Food Program center stage…

[hupso title=”VIDEO: @AspenInstitute puts @FairFoodProgram center stage…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/05/aspen/”]   “For the first time we as workers have a voice…” Last month, the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program held a public forum in Washington, DC, entitled “The Future of Worker Voice” with a distinguished panel of speakers.  Included on that panel were two representatives of the Fair Food Program, Cruz Salucio of the CIW and Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Executive Director of the Fair Food Standards Council.   The Aspen Institute is an organization that, for over 60 years, has worked to foster “enlightened leadership, the appreciation of timeless ideas and values, and […]

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CIW receives Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts in Combatting Modern-Day Slavery at White House Forum!

 Sec. Kerry: “This is an extraordinary accomplishment, and reminds all of us not just of the work that we have to do, but that dedicated individuals, like those here with us today from the Coalition, can strike out against injustice, break down barriers, and make a world of difference.”Yesterday was a landmark day in the history of CIW’s fight for farm labor justice.Twenty years ago, workers rose up in the fields and in the dusty streets of a dirt-poor town by the strange name of Immokalee to demand an end to the systematic violation of their fundamental human rights.  The CIW was born in those […]

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“This is the best workplace-monitoring program I’ve seen in the US”… Don’t miss today’s New York Times story on the Fair Food Program!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#FairFoodProgram best workplace monitoring program in US – @NYTimes” url=”http://ciw-online.org”] Front page New York Times story takes a close look at Fair Food Program, traces trajectory of Florida tomato industry “from being the worst to the best” workplace environment in US agriculture; Story hits on eve of US premiere of “Food Chains” at Tribeca Film Festival… Today’s New York Times features a story on the CIW and the Fair Food Program on the front page that really needs no lead-in or additional commentary.  So, we’ll do the smart thing and reprint the piece here below in its entirety and let […]

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CIW at UN: “What if workers themselves designed their own social responsibility program?”…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”CIW at @UN: What if workers designed their own #CSR program? Breaking report from UN, @TrustWomenConf!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=17489″] CIW, FFSC presentations bring real world solutions to debate on human rights abuses at UN Business and Human Rights Forum in Geneva, “Trust Women” Conference in London! The Fair Food Program’s European sojourn is a wrap, and the groundbreaking social responsibility program is making waves in the world of business and human rights, where its unique mechanisms for worker participation and strict market consequences for human rights violations are pointing the way toward a new model of real, measurable social change.   Geneva With […]

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