Terri Gerstein Touts New DHS Process Benefiting Workers’ Rights Cases

Terri Gerstein (’95), Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, contributed an article to The American Prospect supporting a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) system for federal, state, and local government agencies to request deferred action for workers who are witnesses in workers’ rights enforcement cases (“New Process Gives Undocumented Workers Legal Status to Report Employer Abuse,” Jan. 31). “This streamlined system removes a powerful cudgel that too many rotten employers have long used to abuse and exploit workers. . . . The streamlined process is not novel, furthers important law enforcement ends that benefit the public as a whole, and, most importantly, involves a case-by-case exercise of DHS discretion based on facts presented by credible law enforcement agencies. . . . It’s about upholding the rule of law for the most shameless subset of our country’s employers. More than anything, it’s about protecting working people.”