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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 […]

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 […]

America Tonight: The dark side of the farm to table movement

October 17th, 2014

Al Jazeera America – October 16, 2014 New York City prides itself on having one of the greatest restaurant scenes in the world. Chefs tout not only how delicious but also how ethically sourced their dishes are. However, the reality of the farm to table movement in New York might be less than ideal. Immigrant […]

New York dairy farm workers organize for justice: ‘Law or no law, we are going to organize’

October 10th, 2014

The Pump Handle Posted by Kim Krisberg on October 10, 2014 “Yes, you can use my name because it doesn’t matter. They have already done everything they can do to me.” Those are words from Eliceo, a former dairy farm worker in upstate New York. Earlier this year, Eliceo, 36, decided to speak up and […]

WXXI WATCH: Human Trafficking In Monroe County – A Need To Know Special

September 26th, 2014


Renan Salgado from WJCNY is interviewed for this piece on human trafficking.

Immigration case puts ‘human face’ on need for reform

September 22nd, 2014 • El Mensajero - Catholic Messenger • By Annette Jiménez


MOUNT MORRIS — A weekend drive through Letchworth State Park recently turned into an immigration nightmare for one migrant family. José Coyote said that during a May 24 drive with his four children, he was pulled over by park police for driving too close to the curb. The police report, which was obtained by the […]

Allegations of Workplace Abuse at Sullivan County Farm

September 15th, 2014 • Hudson Valley Time Warner • By: Eva McKend

FERNDALE, N.Y. — For several years, a woman who wishes to remain anonymous, has worked at Hudson Valley Foie Gras, a duck farm in Sullivan County. The undocumented worker says conditions have never been as bad as they are today. “By working less fast, by working more slowly, there would be less accidents. We are […]

Hine’s modern subjects

August 18th, 2014 • City Newspaper, Rochester, NY • Rebecca Rafferty


Hine’s modern subjects: Renán Salgado explains why Lewis Hine is as relevant as ever A large part of Lewis Hine’s photographic focus was dedicated to being a witness to and voice for the voiceless. It would be easy to view the Hine exhibit with a sense of satisfied finality about horrific labor conditions and human […]