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Latino Youth Avoid Gangs Through Farming

From, Associated Press, 19 Nov 2011. California — Manuel Jiménez had a dream when he first saw the land below a levee in California’s Central Valley. The former field-worker’s dream was for a place that young people could come to escape gang-ridden streets and learn about the state’s most vital industry. But, like many … Continue reading

Law Students Aid Migrant Workers Who Bring in Central Virginia’s Harvest

From, 9 Nov 2011. A group of students at the University of Virginia School of Law is working to ensure that the migrant farmworkers who bring in the harvest — primarily apples and peaches — at farms across the Charlottesville region are being treated fairly and that farmers are complying with the law. The … Continue reading

ULM Program Educates Migrant Workers

From, Sarah Eddington, 4 Nov 2011. One year after its inception, the High School Equivalency Program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe has helped educate 52 migrant workers, 12 of whom have successfully gone on to complete their GED. ULM received a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education last year for a five-year High … Continue reading

Planting the Seeds: Matthew Aragon Preserves Local Agriculture

From, Deborah Fox, 29 Oct 2011. Valencia farmer Matthew Aragon, the News-Bulletin’s Citizen of the Year, is literally a driving force in local agriculture. In addition to his own farm and ranch business, he spends hours in the tractor seat to help run the Los Lunas High School student farm located on the Los … Continue reading

NMSU’s Migrant Assistance Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

From, Las Cruces Sun News, by Minerva Baumann,, 22 Oct 2011. LAS CRUCES, NM — Omar Hernandez and Bernice Juaregui are like most other college seniors looking forward to graduation next May with one exception. They grew up working in the fields as farm laborers beside their parents. They never imagined going to college until … Continue reading

Migrant Workers and Education

From, University of South Florida, 5 Oct 2011. An Oct. 14 panel discussion at USF hopes to shed light on migrant workers’ struggle for education. TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 5, 2011) – The University of South Florida Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC), in partnership with the Center for Migrant Education (CME) at USF, present … Continue reading

Immigration Debate is Tough on Farm Workers’ Children

From, John E. Menditto, 6 Oct 2011. “I could have used 300 pickers. I had 40. I burned 25 percent of my tomato crop. These people don’t cause no trouble. They just come here to work.” These are the words of a farmer in Charleston County lamenting the lack of farm labor last summer. … Continue reading

Vital and Invisible: Minnesota’s Migrant Workers and Their Children

From, Jeff Severns Guntzel, 5 Oct 2011. Chances are you are not particularly tuned into Minnesota’s agricultural calendar. You know the crops are planted sometime after the snow melts and harvested sometime before it starts falling again. Maybe you can name a few of the big Minnesota crops: sugar beets, corn, peas and the … Continue reading

Migrant School Leaves One Less Worry for Farmworker Parents

From, Richard Dymond, 3 Oct 2011. MYAKKA CITY, FL — Maria Aquino has been a migrant farmworker for the past 11 years, and she says there are things that could make her life better. For instance, Aquino is a Spanish-only speaker, but she would like to take English classes if they were offered at … Continue reading

Michigan State University: Grant Helps Migrant Workers

From, Josh Mansour, 29 Sept 2011. Noe Hernandez spent most of his life believing a degree was too expensive for him to achieve. It wasn’t until he learned about MSU’s High School Equivalency Program, or HEP, that Hernandez realized he had an opportunity to pursue a degree. On Wednesday, HEP, a program within MSU’s Migrant Student Services, received … Continue reading

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