Access & Use of Technology

Investigative Report Documents Abuse of Immigrant Tech Workers in Silicon Valley


A report released by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals unlawful and abusive practices towards tech workers by labor brokers in Silicon Valley. The lack of adequate supply of tech workers in the United States has caused companies to seek out the services of labor brokers. These brokers match overseas workers with companies and facilitate the visa process and travel arrangements for workers once matched. This report indicates that many brokers may be violating immigration and labor practices by withholding worker wages, charging fees to immigrant workers without the procurement of employment, and in some cases, providing subpar living conditions to workers waiting for jobs.


About this project

The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, a university research center with the mission to address the challenges and opportunities of demographic diversity in the 21st century global city, has produced these featured digital publications using the USC Media Curator, an online publishing platform designed to bring together innovative research from across the University of Southern California and beyond. This project curates research relevant for immigrant service providers on the topics of Access & Use of TechnologyAccess & Use of Financial ServicesNotario Fraud, and Driver's Licenses for the unauthorized.


THE TEAM: Carl Hayden Community High School Falcon Robotics Club

“Spare Parts” Documents the Struggles of Undocumented Immigrants in Technology

In 2004, four undocumented high school students Cristian Arcega, Lorenzo Santillan, Luis Aranda, and Oscar Vazquez, from Phoenix, Arizona competed in a naval robotics competition sponsored by NASA...more.