The dangerous world of work in meatpacking factories is often hidden from the public eye. The COVID-19 pandemic has further threatened the health of plant workers, who are forced to toil in cramped spaces that do not allow for social distancing. Workers often lack necessary personal protective equipment. Physicians for Human Rights will host a conversation on the threats COVID-19 poses to the health and rights of workers in meatpacking plants and how the pandemic exacerbates existing workplace risks.
Our moderator will be Anna Werner, consumer investigative national correspondent for CBS News. Her recent reporting has covered the thousands of confirmed COVID-19 cases and multiple COVID-19-related employee deaths tied to meat processing plants across the United States.
Our panelists will be:
● Axel Fuentes is executive director of the Rural Community Workers Alliance, which works to build and strengthen the engagement of low-wage immigrant and refugee workers in their local communities.
● David Muraskin, JD, MSc is food project litigation director and senior attorney with Public Justice, where he focuses on litigation to promote sustainable alternatives to the industrial animal agriculture system.
● Melissa Perry, ScD, MHS is professor and chair of the environmental and occupational health department at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is a leading public health researcher whose studies have investigated factors in occupational injury and disease, particularly in meatpacking plants.
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