Liminal Legality: Immigration in the Rocky Mountain West

Join the DU Center for Immigration Policy & Research’s (CIPR) inaugural symposium where our very own Nina Disalvo will be speaking! On April 7th and 8th, the symposium will feature immigration scholars, activists, and community partners, including internationally renowned immigration scholar Cecilia Menjivar.   RSVP link:

Event Exploitation of Immigrants and Guestworkers

Press Release: Lawsuit Filed Challenging Polis Administration’s Alleged Violations of State Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Involuntary Servitude

DENVER, February 15, 2022 – This morning, Richard Lilgerose and Harold Mortis, who are currently incarcerated by the State of Colorado, filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the state, Governor Polis, and the Department of Corrections alleging that Colorado engages in persistent and widespread violations of the state’s constitutional prohibition against slavery and involuntary servitude. The … Continued

News Forced Labor and Trafficking

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Issues Groundbreaking Farmworker Safety Standards

On January 31, after Towards Justice’s advocacy in coalition with farmworkers, farmers, organizers, and advocates around the state, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment enacted safety rules that provide Colorado farmworkers with some of the strongest health and safety protections in the country. Farmworkers confront deadly working conditions that have only worsened as temperatures rise and air … Continued

News Exploitation of Immigrants and Guestworkers Policy Advocacy

Article: Nurses Who Faced Lawsuits for Quitting Are Fighting Back

By Josh Eidelson Bloomberg News Hospitals are leaning harder than ever on underpaid contract staffers, many from the Philippines. The ones who are suing could change that. (Read the full article) A couple of years ago, Novie Dale Carmen paid $20,000 to quit her nursing job. She was less than halfway to fulfilling the three-year commitment she’d … Continued

News Forced Labor and Trafficking Wage Theft / Misclassification

Know Your Rights/ Conoce Tus Derechos

When: February 7, 2022 at 6:30pm En Español Abajo Learn what you need to know about workplace rights in Colorado. Towards Justice Attorneys will address common situations and answer questions. Topics covered will include: workplace health and safety; paid and unpaid leave [FAMLI, HFWA, Sick, Covid, (not) Vacation, Etc.]; and ways to build worker power, … Continued


Press Release: Workers Advocate for Legislation for Safer and Healthier Workplaces

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2022 CONTACT: Paul Westrick, 303-941-2314 Workers Advocate for Legislation for Safer and Healthier Workplaces Bill to give Colorado workers the ability to raise concerns about workplace health and safety practices without fear of retaliation DENVER, CO –Senators Pettersen and Rodriguez and Representatives Herod and Sullivan will be joined by … Continued

News Policy Advocacy

Undocuhub Know Your Workers’ Rights Presentation on Zoom

Tuesday, January 25th from 6-7pm. Registration link below. This event is free and open to the public but you must register to attend. Para registrarse, por favor haga clic en uno de los vínculos debajo. Towards Justice es un bufete de abogados sin fines de lucro que representa a los trabajadores en casos y otras … Continued


Press Release: Former Blush & Blu workers file lawsuit over rampant wage theft and race-based worker mistreatment

On Friday, three former employees of Blush & Blu, one of the few remaining lesbian bars in the country, filed a lawsuit against the prominent Denver bar. The workers allege that Blush & Blu and its owner Jody Bouffard discriminated against one of the bar’s only Black workers, habitually failed to pay its employees minimum wage, and, at times, … Continued

News Discrimination Wage Theft / Misclassification

Article: TIME – In a Warning Shot to Other States, Federal Judge Rules Immigrant Detainees in Washington Must Be Paid More Than $1 a Day

BY JASMINE AGUILERA for TIME LINK TO FULL ARTICLE NOVEMBER 11, 2021 3:12 PM EST For years, thousands of detainees awaiting their trials in immigration court were paid $1 a day to mop, scrub toilets, do laundry, and myriad other jobs at the Washington state facility where they were being held. During that time, GEO Group, … Continued

News Abuses of Corporate Power Exploitation of Immigrants and Guestworkers Forced Labor and Trafficking Wage Theft / Misclassification