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On Friday, January 21, leadership of Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Association (MDCHCA) met with DC Government Officials and MPD to hold a Public Safety Meeting to denounce the recent robberies that have taken place at construction sites in the District. According to a recent article in the Washington Post, immigrant workers have been the target in robberies at 20 D.C. construction sites. The safety of the Construction laborers must be a priority to DC authorities. All of the victims are immigrants with limited-English proficiency, many of them too afraid to report these types of incidents so the numbers reported may be higher than what we currently know.
MDCHCA participated in a meeting with DC leadership that included the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs (MOLA), police officials from Metropolitan Police Department, staff from DCRA and representatives from the US Department of Justice.
All discussed the concern of the rise of these types of cases that unfortunately has many construction workers afraid of going back to work. This not only affects the individuals themselves as they feel traumatized by this experience, but it takes a heavy toll on their ability to provide for their families if they can’t feel safe to work. Construction company owners are also concerned that this affects the overall morale of their workers and put projects at risk at not being completed on time and within budget due to absenteeism, this is concerning in an already section that is experiencing labor shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The meeting was an opportunity for MDCHA leadership to express its concerns and call for a comprehensive educational safety campaign that involves the workers, their families, employers and key community partners. MDCHA would like to see that more security is enforced at the construction worksites and that a Spanish-language educational safety campaign takes place throughout the DC region, particularly in those areas that data shows more activity. The MDCHCA stands together with DC officials in supporting a town hall meeting where we can hear directly from the voices of victims and the community and come up with solutions that will bring forth security to our DC communities, and peace of minds to workers and their families.
Learn more and get involved at: www. dchispaniccontractors.com