The Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs (DIPA) - formerly the Bureau of Immigrant Workers' Rights - assures that the services, programs, and protections of the Department of Labor (DOL) are available to all workers. This includes the large and growing group of people who moved to New York from another country.
Immigrants in the State of New York
Refugees in the State of New York
Regionally in the State of New York
Northern New York
Western New York
Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts: DIPA continues to participate in local, state, and federal anti-trafficking meetings, and conduct outreach presentations on identifying and providing appropriate referrals for potential trafficking victims. Additionally, DIPA continues to train frontline DOL staff on human trafficking and workplace crimes.
DIPA is also a member of six regional anti-trafficking task forces established throughout New York. These coalitions bring law enforcement agencies and service providers together to establish protocols for case referrals and work together to meet the needs of victims.
DIPA continues to receive requests for federal U and T-Visa certifications from individuals who were victims of employment-related crimes.
DIPA Hotline: The DIPA Hotline (877) 466-9757 enables callers to seek assistance and guidance to programs and services provided by the NYSDOL; local, state, and federal agencies; and community-based organizations.
Agriculture Labor Program (AgLP): DIPA's Agriculture Labor Program brings State Workforce Agency services to Migrant, Seasonal, and Migrant Food Processing farmworkers (MSFW) directly to the places where they work, live, and gather. AgLP staff travel to farms, labor camps and locations where workers gather to conduct outreach. Outreach consists of providing farmworkers with employment services, information on the labor law, and resolving apparent violation or taking written complaints from MSFWs.
Foreign Labor Certification Unit (FLCU): DIPA staff assist New York employers in seeking foreign guest workers through the seasonal H-2A (agricultural) and H-2B (non-agricultural) Foreign Guest Worker Visa Programs. AgLP staff support the FLCU through the H-2A housing inspection and field check process. Additionally, AgLP staff provide employment services to U.S. domestic workers by registering applicants for services, assisting them with their job search and referring qualified applicants to H-2A job orders. DIPA staff provide written Spanish Language translations to H-2A job orders which are sent to New York's Supply States (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico) within the Interstate Agricultural Recruitment System.
DIPA staff also provide Spanish language interpretation services for applicants (U.S. domestic labor) seeking to interview for H-2A jobs in New York. These applicants are referred to job orders through Department of Labor staff and supply states.
Outreach to Immigrant Communities: DIPA takes a similar approach to other low wage and immigrant workers who are not employed in agriculture. DIPA staff conduct Know Your Rights events around the state targeting immigrant, refugee, and English Language Learners. Recent outreach initiatives have included racetrack backstretch workers, day laborers, and nail salon workers. DIPA partners with immigrant and refugee advocacy groups around the state, including the Consulates representing the larger groups of immigrant workers in the State of New York.
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