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Migrant Workers and Prevention

Download this publicationWashington is a leading agricultural state. Some of our delicious foods are the lentils of the Palouse, the wine of the Columbia Valley, the famous Walla Walla onions, basket upon basket of Ferndale raspberries, and the crisp apples we're known for (my favorite is the tart Cripps Pink). The food is delicious, but farming is not easy. It is very hard work, and takes a lot of low-paid labor to fill our grocery stores and pantries at prices we are accustomed to. Much of the labor is performed by migrant workers, who travel from job site to job site. Migrant workers do more than just farmwork, of course, but that will be the dominant theme in this issue.

Migrant workers are often forced to live and work in very poor conditions, and may have limited access to language, resources, and mobility. If a migrant worker is sexually assaulted or harassed on the job and does not have their papers-who will they tell?

How does one begin doing prevention amongst migrant workers? What issues have to be considered? With the inherent mobility amongst migrant workers, how can prevention be consistent and effective? These are questions we try to tackle in this PISC.

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Reviewed: July 13th, 2016