Farmworkers suffer from the highest rate of toxic chemical injuries and skin disorders of any workers in the country, as well as significant rates of eye injuries.
2010 Into the Fields Intern, 2012 ITF Program Assistant
NC Migrant Education Program, Asheville NC
Update from August 2013
After my amazing summer with SAF in 2010 (set the SAF record for most miles driven on outreach in one summer – whoop whoop!), I returned to the College of Charleston and created a student organization, HOLA (Hispanic Outreach and Literacy Advancement), which organized students and certified ESOL instructors to give English classes to local immigrants up to four nights a week in various locations around Charleston. I also gave many talks advocating for immigrant and farmworker rights, the biggest of which was at the College of Charleston’s in!Genius event in April 2013. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVrMCOARr54).
I am currently (as of the summer of 2013) working at a think tank for the United Nations University in Maastricht, Netherlands. My research has included the effects of migration on children and the elderly in the countries of Georgia and Moldova, and how the global cities of Chicago, Illinois and Nairobi, Kenya have integrated migrants into their societies through business and policy initiatives.
In the fall of 2013, I will begin graduate studies on the Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation (with a focus on migration) at the University of Sussex in England. I ultimately plan to work along the US-Mexican border to create more just and sustainable development initiatives between the two countries.
Michelle Lozano Villegas
2010 Into the Fields Intern, South Carolina Legal Services, Charleston, SC
Update from June 2013
In 2010, I interned in the Migrant Division of South Carolina Legal Services in Charleston, SC. In 2012, I graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor's in Public Policy. I moved back to Los Angeles to live with my family and shortly after married my partner of three years. Currently, and since then, I have been working for the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA) as Site Manager of the Downtown Community Job Center. This job center is one of four centers of the Day Labor Project of IDEPSCA and provides day labor employment opportunities and other educational, medical and social services for registered members of our Centers.