In the United States there are two to three million farmworkers.
2002 ITF Intern, SC Migrant Health Program, Spartanburg, SC
Update from January 2008
After SAF I became a Sophomore where I worked for Boise State Student Modern Languages. Participated in different internships and studied abroad to Puebla, Mexico. My internships included doing legal research at a law firm, La Buena Salud, where I did similar work as in SAF.
Also, the Court Appointed Special Advocate where I worked with foster care children and looked for their best interest and represented them in court. I translated some health pamphlets from English to Spanish. I graduated from Boise State University in May of 2007 with a double major in criminal justice and Spanish. After completing my majors I started working for Target as a team lead and also worked for the Idaho Partnership for the Hispanic health where I got experience on doing field research. I've been looking into psychology as a possibility for grad school and also to colleges. SAF influenced me in many ways. First it made me more independent. I lost the fear of being away from my family. I also became more sociable. I remember being very shy back then. It also had a big part of me wanting to go to Mexico to study abroad and learn more about the country in which I was born. I learned that I was good working with people and that should be the career path that I should follow. Most importantly, I value my culture and want to continue helping the Latino population. Something exciting this year was that I became an aunt. I have a niece and her name is Kamila. I also went on a cruise to Mexico for seven days, which was something new for me.
2002 ITF Intern, Johnston County Migrant Education, Smithfield, NC
Update from December 2009
After my internship was over I moved back to Fresno, CA, and continued going to school for Civil Engineering. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to finish with my degree. I stopped going to school and started working full time. I work for a non-profit organization called Fresno CORAL, "Communities Organizing Resources to Advance Learning." We have after school programs and we also do in-home tutoring. A new change in my life is that I got married to my beautiful wife Luvi Maqueda this past May. No kids yet but we are already talking about it. SAF has been a very great experience in my life. I was able to meet great people from different places and different races. I also had the opportunity to work with immigrant families by visiting them at the camps or working with their kids at school. Being a part of SAF really opened my eyes that there are many injustices still going on in this country and it has made me appreciate even more everything that I have as well as all the people that really care for me. I came from an immigrant family too and I know how hard it is to come to this country and work in the fields and just knowing that I made a difference during my time with SAF in NC was very rewarding.