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Documentary film reveals struggles of migrant dairy farm workers

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — “Hide,” a new documentary film made by two Middlebury College students, takes viewers behind the scenes of Addison County’s picturesque landscape. It follows eight anonymous migrant workers laboring unseen in unnamed Vermont dairy farms and exposes the struggles of their daily lives, for the first time, to larger audiences.

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Film tells the stories of those left behind in Mexico

MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center will show “Los Que Se Quedan” (“Those Who Remain”) on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. The documentary film by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman focuses on families left behind in Mexico by migrants to the United States.

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Gardens help farmworkers improve their own health

Posted on August 16, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ADDISON COUNTY — Aquilino Martinez has grown his own vegetables at home in Mexico, but when he came to Addison County to work on a dairy farm, he faced some new challenges.

A new project that helps foreign-born farmworkers around the county create and maintain gardens has this summer brought some variety and a little more nutrition to Martinez’s garden.

“It helps to have a little of everything — to have variety,” the Mexican laborer said in Spanish last Thursday. “It’s something healthier.”

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Legislation aims to reform dairy labor law

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



 

VERMONT — Labor has long been an issue for dairy farmers, but Vermont’s congressional delegation is seeking to alleviate some of that pressure with changes to federal guest worker policy.

At present, guest workers from other countries are limited to a one-year visa; and dairy farms, as non-seasonal operations, are barred from hiring through the program. The H-2A Improvement Act proposes changes to the current seasonal worker visa program that would allow dairy farmers to hire guest workers legally for a period of three years.

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Health care debate hits glitch with immigration

Posted on May 5, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — Following public outcry, a conference committee working to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the recent health care bill on Tuesday announced it had removed language that would bar illegal immigrants from health coverage.

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Local man's film highlights plight of migrant farm workers

Posted on July 17, 2008 |
By John Flowers



CORNWALL — A recent college graduate from Cornwall is hoping his senior thesis serves as a learning tool for politicians to change federal immigration laws and working conditions for the state’s migrant Mexican farm workers.

Bjorn Jackson, an aspiring filmmaker who recently graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., spent seven months — spanning September 2007 through April 2008 — making his documentary, titled “Under The Cloak of Darkness: Vermont’s Migrant Mexican Farm Workers.”

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