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As Immigrants Settle Beyond City Limits, Help Is Hard to Find

February 17th, 2015 • New York Times • Kirk Semple


Carly Fox, a legal rights advocate with the Worker Justice Center of New York, visited farm workers upstate this month.  Credit Brendan Bannon for The New York Times              

Sex Slaves on the Farm

February 5th, 2015


Newsweek BY MAX KUTNER / FEBRUARY 5, 2015 9:43 AM EST From the passenger seat of the red Camaro convertible hurtling away from Southampton Road, Janet watched the scenery change from one-story houses to tobacco fields and apple orchards. She had come to Charlotte, North Carolina, to work on a farm, but she wasn’t going to be picking—she […]

Yogurt boom, labor shortage puts New York dairy industry in middle of immigration debate

February 2nd, 2015

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Auburn Citizen February 02, 2015 6:05 am  By Ryan Deffenbaugh   Thanks to a spike in yogurt consumption and production, the dairy industry in New York is booming. But with that comes an issue of its own: where to find workers. New York is now the third largest state for U.S. dairy production, trailing only […]

Locavore movement overlooks farmworkers

January 16th, 2015

Enviro Close-Up Winter 2015 By Karl Grossman Date: Friday, January 16, 2015 Locally-grown food from small farms, an alternative to food from “factory farms,” has become, thankfully, popular across the U.S, including the area covered by the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club. On Long Island, where I live, Suffolk County remains the top agricultural […]

Children on the Run

January 1st, 2015

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By Leanne Tory-Murphy Chronogram January 1, 2015   Volunteers from the Samaritans, a humanitarian group in Arizona, walk the migrant trails with water, food, and blankets. In the past six years, there have been over 2,000 known migrant deaths in the state. The Journey Cristian is a shy 16-year-old with a meticulously gelled mohawk. On […]

Support Groups Look At Impact Of Obama Executive Action On Farmworkers

December 9th, 2014


By Veronica Volk WXXI News December 9, 2014 Support organizations that work with immigrant farm workers are trying to understand how President Obama’s executive action affects people in Upstate New York. “We’ve won a small victory but we really have a huge fight in front of us.” Carly Fox is an organizer with the Worker […]

Essay: N.Y. farms grow danger

December 6th, 2014

Carly Fox and Rebecca Fuentes 12:11 a.m. EST December 6, 2014 Democrat & Chronicle On Nov. 9, a dairy farm worker was pulled into the auger of a grain silo and lost his life. Marco Antonio Ortiz Perez, 31, died alone on a farm near Penn Yan. It would be tempting to call this tragedy […]

Many parents of undocumented children in NY face tough homework of proving residence

November 25th, 2014

By Soni Sangha Published November 25, 2014 Fox News Latino Many schools in New York State could be deterring undocumented children from enrolling, according to a survey performed by the New York Civil Liberties Union. Districts in the sampling of 139 were said to require birth certificates, social security numbers or ask about immigration status. […]

Another NY dairy farm worker dies; voluntary safety enforcement isn’t working

November 21st, 2014

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By Rebecca Fuentes and Carly Fox On Nov. 9, a dairy farm worker was pulled into the auger of a grain silo and lost his life. Marco Antonio Ortiz Perez, 31, died alone on a farm near Penn Yan. It would be tempting to call this horrific tragedy an accident. But was it? His death is […]

3 Ithaca area farm deaths in 21 months should be call to action

November 10th, 2014

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By: Tom Joyce | November 10, 2014 On Monday September 29th Craig Schenk was killed on a small, organic dairy farm in Lansing, NY.  This is the most recent fatality in a surge of dairy deaths in central New York State in the last 21 months (Francisco Ortiz, Nathan Hoover). Dairy farmworkers and their advocates believe […]