Congressional Women’s Caucus Hearing on Workplace Sexual Harassment Spotlights Fair Food Program


On the one-year anniversary of the of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment allegations, the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues hosted a hearing about sexual harassment entitled “#MeToo, What’s Next? Turning a Movement into Action.”

Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, the Executive Director of the Fair Food Standards Council, was invited to address the hearing, and to share insights from the Fair Food Program’s unique success in putting a stop to sexual assault, and dramatically reducing the incidence of sexual harassment, in the traditionally hostile context of agriculture. In her testimony, she stated:

“The Program works because its standards were generated by workers themselves – the true experts on human rights abuse in their workplace. It works because education on their rights is extensive and ongoing. And it works because informed workers are free to access the Program’s monitoring organization.”

Judge Laura Safer Espinoza also submitted a longer written testimony for the hearing record, which can be accessed here.