The Labor Justice Committee (Comité de Justicia Laboral, or CJL) is a grassroots organization started during the summer of 2009 to combat the rampant wage theft in El Paso. Since its inception, the Committee has expanded to include programs designed to educate and support construction workers, domestic workers, and survivors of labor trafficking. Its members hold meetings which are open to any community member who has been a victim of wage theft, labor trafficking and/or is interested joining the fight for labor justice.
The CJL is supported by Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project.
The Committee uses community pressure (including phone calls, letters, delegations, and candlelight vigils) to fight wage and hour violations in the region. The Committee is the only one of its kind in the region and includes approximately 23 trained leaders (“promotores”) who create strategies to force employers to sit down and negotiate payment of back wages.
Staff members also work closely with government institutions, local and federal law enforcement to assist victims of labor abuses and trafficking in their pursuit of justice.
This community-based model ensures Committee members have the knowledge, confidence, and courage to raise their voices against wage theft, labor and safety violations, and labor trafficking.