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Migrant Field Workers in Texas
5.28.04
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Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) has been an advocate for migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the United States since 1971. Member agencies receive grants from the United States Department of Labor and other governmental entities to administer programs that upgrade farmworkers’ skills and provide essential education, including English proficiency for those whose native tongue is another language.

America's Second Harvest, Hunger and the Working Poor
America's Second Harvest is the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization. The site includes in-depth fact sheets on hunger in America, a section focusing on childhood hunger, an in-depth treatment of public policy, and information on finding your local food bank or food-rescue program.

ESCUELA
This documentary by Hannah Weyer was presented on PBS's independent documentary series POV. It tells the story of migrant worker, and high-school freshman, Liliana Luis. As shown in "Escuela," an entire system of educational support has emerged to facilitate the movement of migrant worker families across the Western U.S. But bureaucracy does little to shield Liliana and teens like her from the social and educational dislocations of the migrant economy, or the jarring contrasts between the middle class culture of high school and the stark realities of migrant life.

FINGERS TO THE BONE: UNITED STATES FAILURE TO PROTECT CHILD FARMWORKERS
This June 2000 study by Human Rights Watch documents the situation of children who work in agriculture throughout the U.S. The study found that "even to the limited extent that U.S. laws do protect farmworker youth, they are not adequately enforced." The study also elaborates on environmental risks to child farm laborers.

Human Rights Watch, Child Labor in Agriculture
This site presents the international advocacy group's research on child labor. Recent estimates suggest that nearly 250 million children engaged in child labor around the world. The vast majority- 70 percent, or some 170 million-are working in agriculture.

"In the Strawberry Fields," THE ATLANTIC ONLINE
Award-winning investigative article by Eric Schlosser later included in his book REEFER MADNESS. "The management of California's strawberry industry offers a case study of both the dependence on an imported peasantry that characterizes much of American agriculture and the destructive consequences of a deliberate low-wage economy."

Migrant Clinicians Network
The Migrant Clinicians Network is a national clinical network of health care providers who serve migrant farmworkers and other underserved mobile populations. The site provides extensive information on health issues and links to members around the nation.

"Modern Day Slavery," PALM BEACH POST Special Report
Results of a nine-month study by the PALM BEACH POST, complete with video, photo essays, statistics and extended interviews with migrant workers. The study was prompted by the 40th anniversary of Edward R. Murrow's HARVEST OF SHAME, which was filmed in Palm Beach County.

National Agricultural Workers Survey, 2000
This Department of Labor survey, updated on a regular basis, provides statistics and a snapshot view of the demographics, health and wages of America's agricultural workers.

National Center for Farmworker Health
The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), established in 1974, is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to a network of more than 500 migrant health center service sites in the United States as well as other organizations and individuals serving the farmworker population.

Office of Migrant Education
The Office of Migrant Education (OME) administers four grant programs that provide academic and supportive services to the children of families who migrate to find work in the agricultural, fishing, and timber industries.

Rural Migration News, UC Davis
Rural Migration News summarizes and analyzes the most important migration-related issues affecting immigrant farm workers in California and the United States during the preceding quarter. Topics are grouped by category: Rural America, Farm Workers, Immigration, Other, and Resources.

STOLEN CHILDHOODS
STOLEN CHILDHOODS is told primarily in the words of laboring children who live on four different continents across the globe, but who share a common fate. The film places these children's stories in the broader context of the worldwide struggle against child labor. Shot in 7 countries &3151; Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal and the United States — the film includes slave and bonded labor footage never seen before.

United Farmworkers
The most established organization for the protection and advancement of migrant workers. Send an action alert to government officials, watch a movie on Cesar Chavez or join the UFW's email update list to keep current on migrant issues.

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Migrant & Seasonal Farm Workers Program
The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) is a nationally directed program of job training and employment assistance for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. The program also housing assistance.




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