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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New report highlights sexual abuse targeting farmworkers, including in North Carolina

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Courtesy of Peter Eversoll of Poder Juvenil CampesinoPhoto taken by North Carolina farmworker youth. This morning, Human Rights Watch released Cultivating Fear: The Vulnerability of Immigrant Farmworkers in the U.S. to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. The 95-page report includes 160 farmworker interviews in its research, with more than 20 of them from the fields of North Carolina. An estimated 1.4 million crop workers and 429,000 livestock workers in the U.S. harvest and raise our food. Of those, according to the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS), about 72 percent in 2007-2009 reported they were foreign-born. Regardless of whether farmworkers possess...

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