WCCNY Board Member: Rosa Mejias

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“My parents are from Guatemala. They were some of the first Latinos in the farming industry here, although there are many more Latinos now. I was raised here, and I’ve visited a lot of farms and have talked to lots of workers through the years. The biggest issue is that farmworkers are afraid of speaking up, losing their housing, they’re afraid that an employer will get angry and call immigration. And that includes when they get injured. They’re afraid to bother their bosses. I’ve seen so much fear, and I see how badly the farm owners and managers treat the farmworkers. I try to tell people not to be scared and that they have rights. That there are people and organizations like the Wokers’ Center of Central New York who will try to help them,” Rosa, proud daughter of farmworkers.