Campos Seguros is a project to better serve farm workers in our community. The farm workers community, especially those who are victims of domestic violence and assault, face many barriers to seeking help from the different social services, some of these barriers include: lack of knowledge about the services, language access barriers, and cultural barriers. Our job at Women’s Crisis Support-Defensa de Mujeres is to empower workers to reach out and seek services that are available to them.
90% of female farm workers in the United States report that workplace sexual violence is a "major problem."
A 2010 survey of 150 farm worker women in California's Central Valley found that 80 percent had experienced some form of sexual harassment, while a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that a majority of their 150 interviewees had also experienced sexual harassment.
Farmworkers are not immune to domestic violence and a study conducted by the Migrant Clinicians Network on the knowlege, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors held by migrant men with respect to intimate partner violence found that 67% thought partner abuse was a big problem in their communities.
According to the NAWS 2009-2010 data, about 24% of farm workers are estimated to be female. About 3% are under 18.
WCS-DDM has starting implementing this program in a few ranches in the Watsonville/Santa Cruz area. We are available to come out early in the morning, lunch, breaks, or after work. We are doing as much outreach as we can to the growers but if you, or someone you know, have farms that you would like us to reach out to we are more than happy to present. All of our presentations are free, bilingual, and can be tailored to your needs and time. For more information, please contact Rocio Camargo, Prevention Program Manager at
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