Please join OPIA and the Labor and Employment Action Project (LEAP) to hear Wasserstein Fellow Ben Botts discuss the current landscape for guest workers’ rights under President Trump. Non-pizza lunch provided.
Please note that the views expressed by the speaker(s) are their own.
Benjamin Botts is the Legal Director of the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM), a binational workers rights non-profit organization with offices in Baltimore, Mexico City and Oaxaca, Mexico. At CDM, Ben engages in impact litigation, direct services and community education focused on removing the U.S.-Mexico border as a barrier to access to justice. His work has a specific focus on the rights of migrants who travel to the U.S. to work on H-2A agricultural and H-2B non-agricultural temporary work visas.
Before joining CDM, Ben was a trial attorney with the Office of the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor. He began his career at DOL in the agency’s Honors Program in Washington, D.C. where he handled appellate litigation in federal courts of appeals, legal advice, and regulatory matters. In 2012, he moved to the Regional Solicitor’s Office in San Francisco, where he focused on litigating wage and hour cases in low-wage industries such as agriculture, hospitality, and senior care. His many important victories in this role include winning an order of more than $2.2 million in back pay and penalties for hundreds of farmworkers on H-2A visas and mediating a consent judgment in federal court securing payment of $5 million in back wages and damages for hundreds of misclassified courier drivers. Before law school, Ben was a paralegal for three years with a small immigration law firm concentrating on political asylum and family-based cases. He received his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law in 2010 and a B.A. in history from U.C. Berkeley in 2003. He is admitted to practice in California.
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