Event Title

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the Dangerous Expansion of H2A

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Description

Presenters: Liz Darrow, & Australia Hernandez Cosby, Community to Community (C2C) Development, Bellingham WA

More than 30,000 farmworkers come to Washington State every year on H2A Agricultural visa contracts. The H2A program provides a pipeline of cheap labor for industry growers and is notorious for abusing workers. Following the death of an H2A worker in Whatcom County in 2017, C2C and other advocacy groups fought hard and won oversight of the H2A system in Washington State. Now, a federal bill called the Farm Workforce Modernization Act threatens to permanently expand the H2A program and reverse important progress that has been made. Darrow and Hernandez Cosby will outline the history of H2A and review what can be done to fight back against this bill.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

29-4-2020 12:00 PM

End Date

29-4-2020 1:20 PM

Location

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Resource Type

Moving image

Duration

1:22:21

Title of Series

World Issues Forum

Genre/Form

lectures

Contributing Repository

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Program

World Issues Forum

Subjects – Topical (LCSH)

Agricultural laborers, Foreign--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States; Visas--Government policy--United States

Geographic Coverage

United States

Type

video

Keywords

H2A, Agricultural visas, Farm Workforce Modernization Act

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Language

English

Format

video/mp4

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Apr 29th, 12:00 PM Apr 29th, 1:20 PM

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the Dangerous Expansion of H2A

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Presenters: Liz Darrow, & Australia Hernandez Cosby, Community to Community (C2C) Development, Bellingham WA

More than 30,000 farmworkers come to Washington State every year on H2A Agricultural visa contracts. The H2A program provides a pipeline of cheap labor for industry growers and is notorious for abusing workers. Following the death of an H2A worker in Whatcom County in 2017, C2C and other advocacy groups fought hard and won oversight of the H2A system in Washington State. Now, a federal bill called the Farm Workforce Modernization Act threatens to permanently expand the H2A program and reverse important progress that has been made. Darrow and Hernandez Cosby will outline the history of H2A and review what can be done to fight back against this bill.