The “In Our Hands” project of the Worker Justice Center of New York, in partnership with the Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Inc., is funded through a grant from the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to enhance culturally and linguistically appropriate services to farmworker victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence and Stalking in a 17 county region, including: Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga, Orleans, Wyoming, Livingston, Seneca, Yates, Genesee, Erie, Niagara, Jefferson, Essex, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Oswego, and Ontario.
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The primary objective of the grant is to develop innovative cultural and linguistic strategies and projects with Migrant Service Agencies, Human Service Agencies, the Criminal Justice System and other State and Local Government agencies, to improve access to services for farmworker victims who face numerous obstacles when accessing currently available services and resources, shelter and non-shelter services alike. Through our years of outreach to and work with farmworker victims it has become clear that many victims continue to endure abuse because when trying to reach out to the community, language barriers, cultural differences, stereotyping, revictimization, and racism are often encountered. The pervasive lack of understanding concerning the life experiences of farmworker women by the system purportedly designed to help and protect them impacts greatly on why many choose to remain silent. Human service providers and those working in the criminal justice system must be more accountable for providing culturally and linguistically responsive services to farmworker women.
In addition, the project also provides outreach, education, and advocacy to farmworker women who are victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Dating Violence.