NFJP Success Story

Wendy is a resident of the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico and has been through many ups and downs in life along with a criminal record and the label as a high school dropout.  Often times, Wendy felt defeated and hopeless and with limited employment options, he started working in the agriculture field. The closest farm was forty-five minutes […]

From the Desk of the Executive Director

Hello, and welcome to the September 2017 edition of the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs newsletter “Washington Newsline.” I first want to congratulate the AFOP members and their staffs for attending the AFOP national conference this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This year’s conference program is chock full of important information and effectiveness-enhancing trainings that […]

Farmworkers on Labor Day

USA SENATE

From the Desk of the Executive Director

After a late start caused by the delayed completion of the fiscal year 2017 spending process, congressional appropriators have begun moving fiscal year 2018 funding bills, including the Labor-HHS-Education measure that covers the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP).  The House version of the bill would cut NFJP by roughly $10 million to $72 million from […]

AFOP 2017 National Conference

From the Desk of the Executive Director

By Daniel Sheehan AFOP Executive Director “There’s a certain philosophy wrapped up in the budget and that is — we are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs.We’re not going to measure our success by how much money we spend, but by how […]

Trump Budget Seeks Massive Non-Defense Cuts, But Congress Will Have its Say

By Daniel Sheehan AFOP Executive Director The White House has announced the overall discretionary appropriations totals President Trump plans to include in his first budget request (for fiscal year 2018) later this year. The president will propose an immediate nine-percent increase in defense spending to $603 billion, offset by an aggregate 11-percent decrease in non-defense […]

CBO Paints a Bleak Picture for Future Non-Defense Spending

By Daniel Sheehan AFOP Executive Director On January 24, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual Budget and Economic Outlook covering the ongoing fiscal year 2017 and the ten-year 2018-2027 period and painting a very bleak picture for future spending.  While I appreciate that budget matters can be a little technical and dry, […]

Diego Brito Named FCDP Participant of the Year

Story from Jim Haugli, State Director of Florida’s Farmworker Career Development Program  Diego Brito enrolled in the Orange County Farmworker Career Development Program (FCDP) on January 12, 2015.  He came from Mexico as a young boy and is the only sibling to graduate high school and to continue his education.  Diego has four much older […]

Farmworker Becomes Artist, Education Leader, Champion for Change

Story from California Human Development When Frances Ortiz-Chavéz was a teenager, she spent her summers picking California’s peaches and tomatoes. Today, she uses her hands for more delicate work, but the impact of her time spent in the fields remains—and speaks clearly—through the art she creates. ‘From the first day I walked into an all […]

Trump Wins Presidency

In a surprise to many pollsters and pundits, and much of the general public, businessman Donald J. Trump on November 8 won the 2016 presidential election and is now moving forward with this transition team as president-elect to set up a new government.  AFOP wishes him and the new administration well in their efforts to work for the public good in behalf of all in this great nation of ours.