This guide was created by The Farmworker Sexual Violence Technical Assistance Project is a partnership of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.; Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Líderes Campesinas; and the Victim Rights Law Center. It was launched in September 2008 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

Together, we offer training and technical assistance to OVW grantees to accomplish three shared goals:
1. Increase the availability and quality of legal assistance provided to victims of non-intimate partner sexual violence living within farmworker communities;
2. Establish safety plans for farmworkers who experience non-intimate partner sexual violence, particularly for those living in labor camps; and
3. Increase the knowledge base of attorneys, advocates and law enforcement on the challenges and issues facing farmworkers who experience non-intimate partner sexual violence.

 

We thank the many writers and editors who worked in partnership to develop this guide—Alma Alvarez, Lisa Cisneros, Maria G. Figueroa, Kelly Heinrich, Lisel Holdenried, Dorothy Johnson, Michael Marsh, Mike Meuter, Daniella Payes, Dylan Saake and Esmeralda Zendejas from California Rural Legal Assistance; Mónica Ramírez from Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center; and Laura Mahr and Jessica Mindlin from the Victim Rights Law Center. We also thank our peers who reviewed and strengthened the guide—Lindy Aldrich, Victim Rights Law Center; Maria Alvarenga-Watkins, Retired Police Captain Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department; Joanne Archambault, Executive Director, EVAW International and Co-Editor, Sexual Assault Report; Deputy Chief Steve Bellshaw, Salem Police Department; Miriam Elizabeth Cuevas, Hispanic Outreach Advocate for the Emergency Support Shelter; Bob Empasis, Monterey County District Attorney Investigator;

Christine Herrman, Executive Director, Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force; Jennifer G. Long, Director, AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women; Patrick Moore, Lieutenant, Roseburg Police Department, Oregon; Kimber Nicoletti of Purdue University and Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA); Don Rees, Senior Deputy District Attorney, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Portland, Oregon; Robin Runge, Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law; Ilene Seidman, Clinical Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School; and Mily Treviño-Saucedo from Líderes Campesinas.

We are grateful to the farmworker women in California and Florida who generously shared their thoughts, opinions and ideas about what safety means and how service providers can more effectively create safety plans with farmworkers. We also recognize Mily Treviño-Saucedo, Suguet Lopez, Paola Placencia and Silvia Berrones from Líderes Campesinas who coordinated the farmworker meetings and Kimber Nicoletti of Purdue University and Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA) who guided and facilitated the farmworker meetings that informed the development of the fotonovela. We thank Robin Lewy and Fran Ricardo of the Rural Women’s Health Project for producing the farmworker fotonovela.

We also thank the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice for its support of this critical work. All photographs courtesy of David Bacon.