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¡ADELANTE! CREATES AWARENESS OF ABUSE OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

February 1, 2012


MILWAUKEE, Wis., Feb. 1, 2012 - An upcoming episode of ¡Adelante!, a Milwaukee Public Television-produced local show, will highlight the issue of workplace abuse of undocumented workers in the United States. The episode airs Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. on MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2.

Dennis McBride, attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will be a guest on ¡Adelante!, discussing a case in Iowa of sexual abuse of female undocumented workers at an egg-processing plant. (EEOC v. Iowa Ag, L.L.C. and Austin J. DeCoster d/b/a DeCoster Farms of Iowa) The Iowa Coalition of Domestic Violence alerted the EEOC of the widespread rapes of 11 Spanish-speaking workers at the plant by their supervisors. Within a week of the initial call, the EEOC had filed a preliminary injunction against the company. The case resulted in a judgment of over $1.5 million, which primarily was split among the 11 victims, with a portion awarded to the Iowa Coalition of Domestic Violence.

During the interview, McBride stated that the main message the EEOC wanted to inform the public of was that no one will be deported who is a victim of a sexual crime, among other crimes. In the Iowa case, McBride was able to obtain U-VISAs for all of the victims who wished to remain in the country. Said McBride, "Discrimination is discrimination. The EEOC will protect all workers."

¡Adelante! is a weekly, locally produced series celebrating the rich heritage of Latino people. The program airs in Spanish with subtitles in English. Program segments originally taped in English are captioned in Spanish. Each episode explores the culture and concerns of the fastest growing community in southeastern Wisconsin. The program looks at change and progress, highlighting the contributions of Latino individuals and organizations to the community. Episodes are broadcast on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2, and is re-broadcast on Wednesdays at 12:30 a.m. and Sundays 5:30 p.m. on MPTV 36.1. ¡Adelante! also airs on MPTV's V-me channel (10.3) on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. and Sundays at 6:00 a.m. Sundays, and on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 1:00 a.m.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
For more information, visit www.mptv.org.
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Contact:
Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
E: eatones@matc.edu
P: (414) 297-8229

Darlyne Haertlein, Manager-Community Relations
E: haertled@matc.edu
P: (414) 297-7518