We are happyto share below the statement emailed by the Filipino community in Baton Rouge. In behalf of the afffected teachers, we thank our compatriots for their encouragement and valuable support.
A STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FROM THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY
We, representing the members of the Filipino-American Association of Greater Baton Rouge (FAAGBR), want to voice out our strong support for the Filipino teachers in their struggle against the injustice and repression of the recruiting agency which brought them to the United States.
We believe that these professionals have been unjustly burdened with exorbitant fees. We are aware of the fact that many of these teachers could barely save up for themselves and their families because of the excessive fees that they have to cover every month for their loans.
What makes it more disturbing is that the agency curtails the personal freedom of these hard-working teachers. Being able to choose a comfortable place to reside is a freedom that we as Filipinos and Filipino-Americans value. However the agency prohibits them from exercising this right.
Further, we are also saddened that these Filipino teachers have experienced such horrible treatment from the agency’s owner. They have been threatened to be sent home to the Philippines if they don’t blindly follow the manipulative rules set down by this recruiter. They have been intimidated with lawsuits if they voice out their grievances.
That these professionals were even discouraged from socializing with the greater Filipino community in Baton Rouge, speaks volume of how this placement agency and its owner seeks to control them.
This is the United States, the land of the free and land of opportunities. These Filipino migrant teachers do not deserve this kind of treatment. These sincere and dynamic professionals should be able to pursue the opportunities they have without fear and intimidation.
Go on, be strong, stand up and follow your dreams in this great and free land! In your quest for fairness and justice, we offer you our moral support and whatever assistance that we may be able to give that would further your cause.
More power to all of you!
Filipino-American Association of Greater Baton Rouge (FAAGBR)