California and Mexico Sign Agreement to Curb Labor Recruiter Abuse

California Governor Edmund Brown, accompanied by Ambassador Wayne, met with Mexican Secretary of Labor Navarrete to sign a Letter of Intent establishing a Mexico-California pilot project to curb the abusive practices of recruiters of temporary workers who travel to California on H-2 visas.  These workers, who are generally hired by U.S. employers through private recruitment and hiring agents, often are subjected to illegal fees and violations of their labor rights.  The laws of both the U.S. and Mexico prohibit recruiters from charging fees for recruitment, visas, transportation, and other services, and under the pilot program, the Ministry of Labor and civil society will work together to create a registry of certified recruiters, allowing employers in the United States to choose reputable recruiters when they hire temporary workers from Mexico.