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With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM) is coordinating the Protein Processing Worker Project through a 5-year Cooperative Agreement (CoAg) to control the spread of infectious diseases among protein processing worker communities through a comprehensive communications and outreach campaign. To implement the project’s diverse activities, CDM is convening a coalition of community-based partners who are deeply connected with workers employed in industries like poultry, seafood, pork and beef processing, especially immigrant and migrant workers.
In its 2020-2021 demonstration year, the Protein Processing Worker Project concentrated its efforts in Delaware, Virginia, and Maryland, especially the Delmarva Peninsula, a geographic region known for its intensive processing activities and culturally diverse communities. Along with CDM, implementing partners included the Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas (CATA), Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), Rebirth, Inc., and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 27 (UFCW Local 27). In addition, the Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) served as the project’s monitoring and evaluation partner, providing strategic analysis on guidance throughout the project’s development.