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Dominican Republic Plan for Migrants Rife with Irregularities. September 5, 2014—The Dominican Republic’s “regularization” plan—created to provide legal status to migrants with documents—is rife with “irregularities,” according to Alexis Roselie, spokeswoman for the National Coordinator for Immigration Justice and Human Rights.

July 30: First-Ever World Day against Human Trafficking
. July 30, 2014—The United Nations today marks the first-ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, created to raise awareness and highlight the plight of the millions of women, men and children who are trafficked and exploited, as well as to encourage people to take action to end the scourge.

Dominican Citizenship Ruling Creates Stateless Underclass.
March 25, 2014—A new AFL-CIO and Solidarity Center report describes the potential consequences of a September 2014 Dominican Republic court ruling that retroactively strips individuals who are unable to prove their parents’ regular migration status of their citizenship.

Dominican Unions Rally to Oppose Proposed Labor Code. March 7, 2014—Chanting, “No to Labor Code rollbacks, no to human rights rollbacks,” 100 workers today marched on the Business Tower in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic capital, to oppose corporate-backed attempts to weaken labor code protections for working women and men.

Solidarity Center Fact Sheet on 2013 Dominican Republic Citizenship law. February 2014.

Protests Continue Against Dominican Republic Citizenship Ruling. January 27, 2014—The Dominican Republic and Haiti remain in talks regarding a Dominican Republic court ruling last September that retroactively revokes the citizenship of all Dominicans born in the country to undocumented parents as far back as 1929.

AFL-CIO Letter to Dominican President Danilo Medina. December 16, 2013—AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote to Dominican President Danilo Medina Sanchez regarding a recent decision to strip citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent.

Dominican Republic: Domestic Workers' Long Campaign for Rights. June 14, 2013—Workers this week are marking the second anniversary of the historic passage of a global standard covering the rights of domestic workers.

Dominican Unions Say Government Fails to Support Migrant Rights. February 15, 2013—The National Confederation of Labor Unity (CNUS) and its member unions and federations called on the Dominican Republic government to respect the human and labor rights of Haitian migrant workers in the country and to put an end to human trafficking.

New Laws Would Grant Social Protections to 300,000 Dominican Domestic Workers. July 9, 2012—Two groundbreaking pieces of legislation are poised to bring 300,000 domestic workers in the Dominican Republic into the national social security system, providing them for the first time with a minimum wage, health care, pension and other social protections to which formally employed Dominican workers are entitled.

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