Legal Services

  • Women & Health

    Immigration Domestic Violence Daycare Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44, more common than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. Not all abuse is physical, either; it can be verbal or mental, and take the form of threats, isolation, or forced sex. Domestic violence often occurs in a pattern, as well--a woman who experienced one instance of domestic violence is twice as likely to be a victim again over a two-year period. One in four Latina women report having been abused in their lifetime. Most cases of domestic violence are never

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  • Equality & Health

    Migrant Legal Aid provides services that help protect the health of farmworkers from harmful exposure in their environments. Whether the harm is from working conditions in the fields or from dangerous living conditions, our advocates uphold the rights of families to be housed in licensed, safe housing that complies with safety standards, and to work in fields where field sanitation standards are upheld, and pesticides have been properly applied and adequately dried before work begins.   Work Conditions Pesticide Exposure Water Contamination Access to Water & Toilets Farmworkers deal with two environments that pose hazards to their safety: their work environment and their

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  • Environment

    Migrant Legal Aid provides services that help protect the health of farmworkers from harmful exposure in their environments. Whether the harm is from working conditions in the fields or from dangerous living conditions, our advocates uphold the rights of families to be housed in licensed, safe housing that complies with safety standards, and to work in fields where field sanitation standards are upheld, and pesticides have been properly applied and adequately dried before work begins.   Work Conditions Pesticide Exposure Water Contamination Access to Water & Toilets Farmworkers deal with two environments that pose hazards to their safety: their work environment and their

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  • Employment & Equality

    Labor Contracts Minimum Wage Minimum Payment & Crew Leader Problems Discrimination Slavery Harassment by Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Racial Profiling Food. Shelter. Clothing. These are the basic needs that most of us take for granted. For migrants, these basic necessities are directly connected to their ever-changing jobs and revolving employers. By definition, a migrant worker is most often a farm worker who travels to Michigan to live and work during the harvest season, whereas seasonal workers reside in the state year-round. The Michigan Department of Human Services reported 28,188 migrant and seasonal farm workers, and over 90,000 when including family members. Though

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  • Education

    School Enrollment Transportation Special Needs Discrimination Child farmworkers may attend three to five different schools per year as they migrate from farm to farm. This disrupts both school work and social integration. According to a five-year study, more than a third of farmworkers ages 14 to 17 dropped out of school, while 17 percent of these young farmworkers attended school at a grade level lower than their age peers. Likewise, the children of farmworkers were educationally disadvantaged. One quarter of school-aged children of farmworkers were behind in school or had dropped out.   Constant mobility makes it hard for farmworker children to complete

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