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The Plight of Nepalese Workers in Qatar: An interview with Jason Glaser

2022-01-21T06:35:41-06:00December 23rd, 2021|News|

Recent research published in the Asian Journal of Medical Sciences has identified a troubling presence of kidney-related health problems among migrant workers returning from working in the Gulf states and Malaysia. The vast majority (92.1%) of cases identified by this research were of unknown etiology, meaning that they are not attributable to traditional factors [...]

LIN Partners with World Vision to Protect Agricultural Workers in Mexico

2021-12-22T13:35:20-06:00December 22nd, 2021|News|

La Isla Network is partnering with World Vision on a collaborative effort to reduce child labor and improve the protection of labor rights in migrant agricultural communities in Veracruz and Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2016, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) awarded World Vision a four-year, USD $7 million grant to implement the Campos de [...]

Dr. Catharina (Ineke) Wesseling, named in to the Costa Rica National Academy of Sciences

2021-12-21T09:07:32-06:00December 22nd, 2021|News, Newsletters|

We are pleased to announce that La Isla Network’s Dr. Catharina (Ineke) Wesseling has been named to  the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, Costa Rica, in recognition of her immense contribution to the fields of environmental and occupational epidemiology. In 2003, Ineke was instrumental in establishing SALTRA, a university-based program on work and health [...]

La Isla Network Awarded $8 Million Grant to Promote Safe and Healthy Workplaces

2021-12-22T13:10:41-06:00December 20th, 2021|News, Press Releases|

La Isla Network (LIN) has been awarded $8 Million from the U.S. Department of Labor International Labor Affairs Bureau to promote safe and healthy workplaces in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. LIN will lead a multi-stakeholder initiative, “Prevention, Resilience, Efficiency, and Protection (PREP 4 Change)” alongside partners World Vision, [...]

Siona: The effort to De-mine Sacred Space in the Amazon

2021-12-17T08:57:41-06:00December 17th, 2021|News|

We recently caught up with Tom Laffay, La Isla Network member and award-winning film director and visual journalist, for an interview about his latest short film “Siona: Amazon’s Defenders Under Threat.” The film follows the struggle of the Siona Indigenous nation to clear landmines from their ancestral territory in the Colombian Amazon, told through [...]

Dying for Sport – The Plight of Nepali Migrant Workers in Qatar

2021-12-10T14:08:58-06:00December 10th, 2021|News|

The Plight of Nepali Migrant Workers in Qatar Ahead of FIFA World Cup 2022 LIN has published a new editorial in the BMJ Occupational and Environmental Medicine, drawing attention to the extreme health risks from heat that migrant workers in Qatar have faced for over a decade. The editorial, authored by David Wegman, Dinesh [...]

LIN and Environmental Defense Fund to Collaborate on Farmworker Heat Stress Report

2021-10-21T09:09:27-05:00October 20th, 2021|News|

La Isla Network and Environmental Defense Fund are collaborating on an upcoming report which highlights the extreme risks from heat facing farmworkers all across the US. In the US, the health risks of occupational heat disproportionately affect farmworkers. A third of farmworkers live below the poverty line and experience economic pressure to work longer in [...]

LIN CEO Jason Glaser to Speak at COP26

2021-10-27T13:27:47-05:00October 19th, 2021|News|

LIN CEO Jason Glaser will be joining colleagues from ENBEL to speak at the COP26 session, “Colliding Disasters: adapting to increasing climate and health risks." The session will bring together health and climate researchers with practitioners to discuss adaptation options for key risks at the interface of climate and health, including: environmental and occupational heat, [...]

Biden Administration Launches Federal Heat Stress Initiative

2021-10-18T09:48:13-05:00October 18th, 2021|News|

LIN’s David Wegman and Jason Glaser to present work of Adelante Initiative to OSHA to inform new federal heat standard The Biden Administration has announced its intention to act on the increasing health risks of occupational heat, a crisis that continues to get more dire under climate change. Millions of American workers, from agriculture to [...]