Wage Theft in Denver: Logistical and policy barriers to assisting workers in reclaiming wages

Written by: Liz Shaw Colorado is poised to have the second fastest population growth rate this year, and Denver was ranked the number one place by Forbes magazine for business and careers in 2016 and has been on a booming growth spurt for the last several years. Though this brings some exciting economic opportunities to… Continue reading Wage Theft in Denver: Logistical and policy barriers to assisting workers in reclaiming wages

Wage Theft: Tackling DAT’s Differing Perceptions, Increasing Outreach, & Addressing Fear

By Andrea Mártires Abelenda How the DAT can maximize its impact in the fight against wage theft in Denver and become more community led. Introduction: Wage theft, The DAT, & Research Conducted Wage theft is a big problem all over the US, and especially in Colorado among the low wage immigrant community that seeks day labor… Continue reading Wage Theft: Tackling DAT’s Differing Perceptions, Increasing Outreach, & Addressing Fear

Clarifying DAT: The Necessity for Mission & Identity

Written by Joanna Beletic A research-based discussion on the necessity to clarify the DAT as either a service-based organization or a community-based cooperative. Why is a Strategic Plan and Vision Exercise useful for the DAT? A group of researchers, analyzing the effectiveness of the Direct Action Team (DAT)’s operations, have found different, conflicting, and overlapping… Continue reading Clarifying DAT: The Necessity for Mission & Identity

The Importance of Immigration Law and Labor Rights in Denver, CO

Written By: Nathaniel Kern “How can you understand where I am coming from? You’re a citizen.” A day laborer that the Direct-Action Team (DAT) met, while completing one of our routine Know Your Rights outreach campaigns on labor rights, said this to us openly on Dayton Street in Aurora, Colorado. In one short sentence, he… Continue reading The Importance of Immigration Law and Labor Rights in Denver, CO

Day Labor and Immigration Status: Formation of an Inequitable Relationship

Written by Aaron Nilson A discussion on the link between immigration status and wage theft and its role in the exploitative relationship between employers and day laborers. It is impossible to consider the work of the Direct Action Team (DAT), a group of volunteers in the Denver metro area who assist victims of wage theft to recoup… Continue reading Day Labor and Immigration Status: Formation of an Inequitable Relationship