With an objective of empowering the knowledge workers and to identify gaps in information, NOSTOPS has worked on various topics to bring awareness to the issues leading to the digital divide between the working classes in The Americas. Focussing on the core issues of Wage discrimination and abuse of guestworker rights has been a consistent topic of conversation. Below is a brief journey since it's inception in 2004 - (Most relevant links updated). NOSTOPS founded in April of 2004. Joined forces with Rediff and started the American work visa related open Q& A series that continued to operate till 2007: When to apply for US work visas: NOW https://m.rediff.com/getahead/2007/mar/08visa.htm
Answered queries from ‘stranded’ individuals and victims of abuse (employer issues, immigration / visa issues. Published book “American Work Permit - Official Rules & Regulations of American work visas” Liaison with Department of Labor, and Department of Justice Officials to provide evidence of visa misuse. Testified against work visa program abuse and met with the Senator’s and policy makers at Capitol Hill, Washington DC to show evidence of how there was large-scale recruitment fraud. Initiated regular updates on the website ( www.nostops.org/ ) about fraudulent activities to alert Indian workers seeking foreign employment.
Joined hands with Bright Future Jobs as an American lobbying partner to end the xenophobic anti-guest worker sentiments. Brought the concept of ‘dual employment‚ in focus
Provided evidence of worker abuse Recieved media coverage on, ‘The H-1B Equation,’ in the Computer World Magazine in Washington DC:
Initiated closure & arrest of fraudulent companies after inspecting employment contracts received from NOSTOPS members. Partnered and promoted www.goolti.com to provide instances of victimization for the Dept. of labor field officers to further investigate.
Exposed employer contractual bondage and the related visa scamming abuse Procured employment contract of Vision Systems Group leading to a federal lawsuit and closing of the company:
Provided evidence of staffing only (visa sponsoring companies) bypassing local talent and hiring fresh graduates off campus from India and paying them low salaries as compared to American workers.
Evidenced the loophole where the petitioning employers could legally circumvent not paying the promised wage level as mandated by the Dept of Labor and getting a petition approved for a citizen from overseas. Justified how companies could bypass available local talent and source fresh new hires off campus from India. Senators Target Visa ‘Loopholes’ - Business Week -
Inspected NOSTOPS members’ employment contracts from American staffing agencies willing to sponsor a work visa irrespective of a job. Shared these contracts internally with American partner organizations and vetted for correctness. Fraud was identified and employment contracts leading to labor bondage and promissory sums upwards of lakhs of rupees were documented.
Commissioned a ‘Migration Studies’ program in partnership with a leading Law School at Pune, India. Monitored online job posts seeking H-1B applicants only bypassing local talent as well as existing unemployed H-1B workers. Found out that American employers were posting job ads in Indian career portals targeting Indian workers, excluding American workers as well as the benched existing H-1b visa holders present in America to even apply for these jobs in America. Documented and communicated the findings with American tech worker partner organizations and a series of media stories were commissioned to bring awareness to these issues of bypassing local talent and creating segregation of workers both foreign guest workers as well as local citizens.
Monitored fraudulent online job postings by American employers targeting Indian job seekers on Indian job boards and excluding American workers and the benched existing H-1b visa holders present in America.
Communicated the findings with American tech worker partner organizations and a series of media stories were commissioned to bring awareness to these issues of bypassing local talent and creating segregation of workers both foreign guest workers as well as local citizens.
Initiated a partnership with Shine.com, a Hindustan Times Initiative, to promote its job fair in the United States with jobs in India for the returning workers. Promoted the HT initiative open job fair for American as well as the returning Indian workers to send a message of “circular migration” instead of the typical “reverse brain drain” of its knowledge capital between US and India.
Feb 2014, awarded the Karmaveer Chakra Puraskar for Social Justice by International Confederation Of NGOs. Partnerships with Programmers Guild and Washington Tech Alliance over a professional labor boycott against Manpower, IBM and Infosys Hidden Abroad: Manpower’s Want Ads Reveal ‘No Americans Need Apply’ For Upcoming Jobs In Fiscal Year 2015,” -