Labor Dept. Should Run Au Pairs' J-1 Visas, Report Suggests

By Kevin Penton (August 20, 2018, 7:00 PM EDT) -- J-1 visas issued to au pairs should be overseen by the U.S. Department of Labor rather than the U.S. Department of State so the rights of domestic workers can be strengthened, according to a report released on Monday by several immigrant advocacy groups.

Until a transfer occurs, the State Department should bar sponsor agencies from charging recruitment fees and should require that au pairs who temporarily enter the U.S. under the program receive a "fair hourly wage" that does not include deductions for room and board, according to the report released by organizations such as the International Human Rights Law Clinic,...

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