New Migrant Worker Education Program Receives Financial Support

Contact:
Cynthia Martinez, Communications Director * 512-374-2764 * cmartinez@trla.org

WESLACO, Texas – April 24, 2014 – The Texas Bar Foundation has awarded a grant of $9,220 to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) in support of a new educational program aimed at empowering and educating migrant farmworkers on their legal rights.

The grant will go to support TRLA’s Empowering Migrant Farmworkers through Education and Outreach program, a new project that will educate migrant workers on their legal rights in preparation for the summer harvest season. The training, developed by students from the University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College, will cover topics related to the laws and regulations affecting agricultural work. TRLA attorneys will meet with the workers throughout the spring months to review the information in anticipation of the upcoming growing season. The trained workers will then educate their fellow workers while on the migrant trail at different job sites throughout the summer.

“Many migrant workers are not aware that they have legal rights when they are working in other states,” said TRLA Executive Director David Hall. “With the support of the Texas Bar Foundation we hope to help hundreds of Texas-based farmworkers understand and enforce their rights as they follow the migrant trail.”

As part of the training, farmworkers will also be provided with copies of the TRLA publication Farmworkers: Know Your Rights which includes information on contracts, wage regulations, pesticides and field conditions, and housing.

Added Hall, “Migrant workers have the right to live and work in a safe environment. The support of the Texas Bar Foundation will go a long way towards ensuring that they know those rights.”

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $15 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably funded bar foundation.

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety, and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality civil legal assistance and related educational services. For more information, including donor and pro bono opportunities, visit www.trla.org.

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