Georgia

Migrant Worker Issues

Know Your Rights

  • Guide to Immigrant Eligibility for Federal Programs

    This table indicates what kinds of federal benefits (food stamps, medicaid, medicare, etc.) are available to immigrants based on their immigration status. Content Detail

    By:
    National Conference of State Legislatures
  • PeachCare for Kids

    PeachCare for Kids® is a comprehensive health care program for uninsured children living in Georgia. This site contains eligibility information and instructions for how to apply. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Department of Community Health
  • Social Security Numbers For Noncitizens

    This Fact Sheet contains information about how to get a social security number if you are not a U.S. citizen. Content Detail

    By:
    Social Security Administration
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    Korean / 한국어
    Russian / Pусский
    Spanish / Español
    Chinese / 中文
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
  • Can I Get Social Security Benefits If I Am Not a Citizen of the United States? PDF

    Social Security is a monthly payment from the federal government to blind, disabled or older people who have paid into the social security system. (Social security payments are usually taken out of your paycheck.) Even if your employer did not report your wages to the government, you might still be able to get benefits. Spouses and children of persons who have paid into the Social Security system may also be able to get benefits. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Legal Services Program®
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    Spanish / Español
  • Combat Modern-Day Slavery: Worker Trafficking

    The recently enacted Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 established important new tools and resources to combat trafficking and to provide vital assistance to its victims. An Internet link to the new legislation can be found at www.usdoj.gov/crt/crim/tpwetf.htm. The law creates new felony criminal offenses to address slavery and peonage; sex trafficking in children; and the unlawful confiscation of a victim's passport or other identification documents. It creates a new "forced labor" felony that will provide federal law enforcement with the ability to prosecute the sophisticated forms of nonphysical coercion that traffickers use today to exploit their victims. And it requires traffickers to pay full restitution to victims and to forfeit their assets if convicted. Read More

    By:
    US Department of Justice
  • Farmworker Occupational Health Fact Sheet

    The agriculture industry is consistently one of the most dangerous industries in which to work in the United States. The occupational safety risks involved in farm labor are numerous and can include exposure to pesticides, skin disorders, infectious diseases, lung problems, hearing and vision disorders, and strained muscles and bones Because of their general lack of access to quality medical care, these risks are even greater for the 2.5 million migrant and seasonal farm workers who work in the fields every year. Content Detail

    By:
    National Center for Farmworker Health
  • Field Sanitation and Pesticide Safety

    Agriculture workers have rights to a safe work place, including protection against pesticides and access to toilets, safe drinking water, and hand washing facilities. This document describes the rights and worker protection standards for people who work in agriculture in the United States. Read More

    By:
    Georgia Legal Services Program®
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    Spanish / Español
  • Worker Health and Safety Information

    This page details how OSHA- the Occupational Safety and Health Administration- applies to workers Content Detail

    By:
    DOL Occupational Safety & Health Administration
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    Spanish / Español
  • Enforcement of Federal Laws Related to Payment of Wages

    The Department of Labor enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which sets basic minimum wage and overtime pay standards. In addition to the FLSA, the DOL Wage and Hour Division enforces other labor laws related to wage payment. The web site also contains information on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Immigration Act of 1990, relating to immigrants working under HB-1 visas. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of Labor
  • Rights under Your Farmworker Contract (H2-A Contracts)

    This document explains your rights under an H-2A contract (for farm labor). An H-2A contract promises you a free place to live while you work, workers' compensation benefits if you get hurt on the job, and at least an average of $7.28 for each hour you work over the course of a pay period. You have a right to receive a copy of your contract, insist that your boss respect all the conditions in your contract, and insist that all promises are kept. You also have additional worker safety and environment rights. Read More

    By:
    Georgia Legal Services Program®
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    Spanish / Español