Worker Project (IWP) grew out of our dialogue between
the growing Latino/a population of Ohio and various
community leaders and activities in 1999.
Through a study commissioned by the Ohio Catholic
Rural Life Conference we mapped out the extensive
demographic growth and need of newcomers in rural
Ohio. In this process a Statewide Immigrant Leadership
Council was formed.
With the help of CCHD and other founders IWP currently
has a staff of 15 (full-time, part-time and interns)
working in 23 base communities within seven major
regions of the state.
Immigrant Worker Project is dedicated to the struggle
for justice and human dignity for rural immigrant
workers from Latin America. We are an organization
that is working toward a future where Economic Democracy
and Communities of Solidarity are achieved for rural
immigrants in Ohio. By Economic Democracy we mean
a participatory system in which workers have a meaningful
voice in all structures of their economic existence.
By Communities of Solidarity we mean communities where
cultural diversity is embraced by institutions of
faith, education, social services and health care.
To obtain these goals the Immigrant Worker Project
(IWP) empowers community leaders, creates structures
for global education, and advocates for workplace