Unsafe transportation: ‘Disposable’ farmworkers?

The Associated Press found more than a dozen accidents that left at least 38 dead and nearly 200 injured just since January 2015.

Investigative (NATIONAL)

Allen G. Breed
Associated Press (AP)
December 20, 2016

Tags: Farm and Migrant Workers, Workers Rights

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southern Migrant Legal Services (SMLS), California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)


The casualties included a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old, traveling with migrant worker parents.

Grim as it is, the AP’s tally is almost certainly a significant undercount.

“I think there’s more unregistered, improperly insured, unsafe transportation out there for farmworkers than … 20 years ago,” says attorney Greg Schell, deputy director of Southern Migrant Legal Services.

A big reason, he and others contend: Rarely are those who profit most from this cheap labor made to pay. Instead, it is the families of people like Jose Chavez who lose.