Short History of the Brazilian Worker Center
First founded by immigrant workers and allies in Boston in 1993, and established as a 501c3 non-profit in 1995, BWC was one of Massachusetts’ first worker’s centers, supporting immigrants in defending their rights under current Massachusetts and US labor laws. In 2012, we established operations and an office in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and we are also active in Hyannis, on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod. We engage in three levels of work with members of our community: services, organizing, and policy and civic participation. We are the largest Portuguese-speaking workers' center in the United States, and the only one in Boston and all New England. We draw our staff and board from the community that we serve, and conduct almost all our work, including board meetings, in Portuguese. We are part of several important labor coalitions, including the Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the Greater Boston Labor Council, AFLCIO. In addition to labor rights, we train and educate immigrant workers in many other areas that help them to be more knowledgeable, active participants in US society, including OSHA workplace safety and health rules, leadership, computer literacy, civic participation, mediation skills, racial justice, and ESOL. Between those who call at our offices, and those we encounter at outreach events in the community, we interact with 10,000 community members yearly.