Coronavirus Pandemic

Agricultural Workers in Mexico and the U.S.:

Labor, Health and Covid-19, Part 2

Agricultural Workers in Mexico and the U.S.:

A group of H-2A workers in the kitchen of their barracks in Central Washington, David Bacon.

Thursday, June 4, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Pacific Time)
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The COVID-19 pandemic has made work more dangerous than ever for the Mexican and Central American agricultural workers who grow and harvest much of the food Americans eat. In this panel, the second organized by the Center for Mexican Studies and Latin American Institute on the topic, David Bacon and Edward Kissam, two prominent advocates for immigrants’ rights, will discuss how agricultural workers and the public health officials who attempt to address their needs are responding to the pandemic.




David Bacon, Independent Journalist and author of In the Fields of the North (UC Press, 2017) and  The Right to Stay Home:  How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration  (Beacon Press, 2013)  among many other books and articles. David is also a renown photographer and blogger ( The Reality Check - ) He will present on  COVID's impact on farm workers, and their response to it.


Edward Kissam has led research on farmworker and immigrant issues for many years. His study of the post-IRCA farm labor market, Working Poor: Farmworkers in the United States, was published by Temple University Press in 1995.  Ed is a trustee of the WKF Charitable Giving Fund which supports a range of local immigrant integration initiatives, as well as policy analysis and advocacy at the national level. He will present on Community-Based Case-Tracing:  A Versatile Tool To Stamp Out “Hot Spots” of COVID Resurgence.


Moderator: Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, UCLA Labor Center



Register HERE

Cost: Free & Open to the Public

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Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Center for Mexican Studies