Entries by Ayrianne Parks

AFOP Helps Al Jazeera America Investigate U.S. Child Labor in Agriculture

Contact: Robert Crumley Telephone: (512) 296-1046 Email: Crumley@AFOP.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AFOP Helps Al Jazeera America Investigate U.S. Child Labor in Agriculture Fault Lines program highlights plight of farmworker children, features Director of Children in the Fields Campaign Norma Flores López Washington, D.C. – Al Jazeera America’s Fault Lines program is broadcasting a comprehensive news […]

Winners – Children in the Fields Essay & Art Contest

Migrant/seasonal farmworking children, ages 10-18, win essay and art contest. Working children encouraged to use art and literature to reflect on the impact of work and life goals. Washington D.C. September 05, 2013 –Twelve migrant and seasonal farmworker children, ages 10-18, are recognized for expressions of their lives spent working the agricultural fields of America. […]

The Hidden Faces of Farmworker Women

AFOP Report Documents Sexual Abuse and Health Issues Plaguing Women in the Fields April 17, 2013 Washington, D.C.—Today, in the midst of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) released a report on the state of farmworker women’s health in the United States, detailing the prevalence of sexual harassment and […]

Bills Take Very Different Approaches on Job Training

Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs Cautions on Efforts to Update the Workforce Investment Act Washington, D.C. — Today, the Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee will formally introduce the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The Republican bill […]

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Resigns

Longtime Farmworker Champion and First Latina to Head a Federal Agency Announces Her Resignation Washington, D.C.—The White House confirmed U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis is resigning. Solis offered her letter of resignation to President Obama today. In a written statement, Solis shared: “Over the Christmas and New Year holidays with my family in California, […]

SAFE AmeriCorps Volunteers Train 25,000 Farmworkers on Health and Safety

16 SAFE AmeriCorps Volunteers Will Receive Recognition of Their Service to America’s Farmworkers During Their Graduation Ceremony in the Nation’s Capital Washington, D.C.– Tomorrow, the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs’ (AFOP) SAFE AmeriCorps members from around the country will be honored for their accomplishments during the end of service and graduation ceremony in Washington D.C. […]

Eliminating Exemptions to Safety and Encouraging Academic Excellence

The Poder Juvenil Campesino Youth Council and NC FIELD Hold Youth Speak Event to Highlight the Occupational Dangers and Education Challenges Faced by Farmworker Children in America Kinston, North Carolina—Today, farmworker youth, educators, and community advocates gathered in Kinston, North Carolina for Youth Speak, an event designed to discuss the occupational hazards and educational barriers […]

Chávez Monument Offers Inspiration for Farmworker Advocates

AFOP Commends the Dedication of the César E. Chávez National Monument and Reflects on the Path Forward Washington, D.C.—Yesterday afternoon, President Barack Obama established the César E. Chávez National Monument recognizing the legacy of the workers’ rights champion. The dedication of the monument honoring the farmworker advocate and civil rights leader marks the first time […]

AFOP SAFE AmeriCorps Members Shine on 9/11 National Service Day

Multiple service events help rural communities nationally to commemorate 9/11 September 12, 2012—Washington, D.C.—On Tuesday, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs’ SAFE AmeriCorps members observed the anniversary of September 11th by holding community service events all around the country. SAFE AmeriCorps members, who work in rural communities to train farmworkers on pesticide safety and heat stress […]

Labor Day Celebration Highlights Inequality in U.S. Labor Law

AFOP Notes An Estimated 2.5 Million Farmworkers Don’t Receive Many of the Protections Provided to Other Workers August 30, 2012—Washington, D.C.—On Monday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the beginning of Labor Rights Week, a time when the United States and many of its allies recognize the rights and needs of the workforce. Governments around the world, […]