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From Knowledge to Action: How CATA's Workshops Empower Migrant Farmworkers

Updated: May 26, 2023

Our dedicated team of worker organizers, Manuel Guzman, Edgar Aquino, and our newest member, Joseline Rodriguez, have been making significant strides in advocating for the rights and well-being of farmworkers in New Jersey. Through their commitment and expertise, they have positively impacted the lives of countless individuals in the region.

Recently, our team has focused on visiting farms in Salem and Gloucester counties providing comprehensive workplace health and safety training. Our interactive sessions at farm labor camps foster an open dialogue where farmworkers can voice their concerns and discuss potential solutions. Through these discussions, we address critical topics such as pesticide exposure, heatstroke prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, paid sick leave, and workers' rights in general.

Our worker's rights workshops have proven highly practical and impactful. For instance, after receiving our pesticide safety training, participants requested their employers display signs about the pesticides used in the crops and the required re-entry periods. This initiative makes everyone aware of potential risks and enables them to take the necessary precautions. Participants also learned to report possible pesticide worker safety violations to the Department of Environmental Protection.

Additionally, our organizers have assisted approximately 51 people in applying for Farmworker Relief assistance. These programs provide crucial support to individuals who often find themselves facing numerous challenges in their daily lives. By connecting them with resources and services, we are helping to alleviate some of the burdens they carry.

Our approach has resonated with approximately 133 farmworkers in the area this year. By engaging with them, we forge a bond of trust and create a platform for sharing vital information about available programs and resources. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every farmworker feels empowered and well-informed, capable of accessing essential services ranging from healthcare centers to legal aid and support from the labor department.

We also take great pride in providing these training sessions at no cost to farmworkers, ensuring accessibility and inclusivity for all. If you or someone you know works on a farm in New Jersey, Maryland or Pennsylvania, we encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable opportunity. Simply reach out to us at NJ: (856) 881-2507, MD: (410) 572-5959, or PA: (610) 444-9696, and we will gladly arrange a training session near your workplace.

At CATA, we firmly believe that stronger communities are built through support and advocacy. By prioritizing the needs and rights of farmworkers, we foster an environment of fairness, respect, and dignity.

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