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Cultivating Fear: The Vulnerability of Immigrant Farmworkers in the US to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment

Download this publicationSexual violence in agricultural farmworking occurs far too frequently due to the severe imbalance of power between employers and their immigrant workers. In addition to the personal trauma, survivors also encounter systematic barriers to reporting the abuse and holding the perpetrators accountable.

In this research review, we examine a report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) about the sexual violence and harassment commonly experienced by farmworkers. We review the dynamics of sexual violence among farmworkers, key facts about the agricultural industry, and recommendations to sexual assault programs. To read the entire research review, please download the PDF below.

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Reviewed: May 9th, 2016