This Committee addresses two of the hottest topics in the labor and employment law field. The scourge of human trafficking has taken on increasing prominence as a human rights abuse that disrupts and perverts labor markets, as well as devastating the lives of individual trafficking victims. Labor trafficking – in the form of forced labor, debt bondage and other severe types of labor exploitation - now is addressed in a complex web of criminal, employment, immigration, corporate disclosure, and government procurement statutes and regulations, at both federal and state levels. It impacts the professional activities of employer, employee, and union advocates in all aspects of their work. Immigration aspects of employment, likewise, has attained ever-increasing prominence in the practice of labor and employment law, as the documented and undocumented proportion of the American labor force who are foreign born attains levels exceeding even those of the turn of the 20th Century. Responding to the needs of its membership, the Section of Labor and Employment Law is focusing more attention on both cross-border labor migration and human trafficking.
Appreciation of the intertwined aspects of work-related immigration and human trafficking led the Section to combine the Section’s previously separate Immigration Committee with its Human Trafficking Task Force. The Immigration and Human Trafficking Committee provides members with enhanced resources to address the many labor and employment issues that arise for practitioners in this rapidly changing arena. The Committee’s mission is to provide information, education and a forum for discussion regarding key immigration issues relating to labor and employment law. It also aims to assist lawyers in obtaining information about legal and regulatory developments and to identify resources on combatting human trafficking in the workplace.