Rape on the Job in America
June 26, 2013 1:14 PM Subscribe
Rape in the Fields
is a Frontline documentary that explores the persistent allegations that female agricultural workers in the U.S. are frequently sexually assaulted and harassed by supervisors who exploit their (often undocumented) immigrant status
. Victims typically do not seek help from US law enforcement, either out of fear that they will be fired, deported or worse, or from a lack of understanding of U.S. law. Reviews: Popmatters
. NY Times
The show aired last night on PBS stations nationwide. The Spanish-language version, "Violación de un Sueño,"
airs on Saturday evening. The documentary is a collaboration
between The Center for Investigative Reporting, Frontline, Univision and the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
"The films are the result of a year-long reporting effort. Bergman and his team traveled from the almond groves of California’s Central Valley to the packing plants of Iowa, from the apple orchards of Washington’s Yakima Valley to the tomato fields of Florida. They spoke with dozens of women who say they have been sexually abused on the job.
And they found that in the vast fields and orchards of today’s agribusiness, it’s easy for a rapist to stalk his victims — who are often, but not always, undocumented women who dare not denounce their attackers for fear they’ll be deported.
“These women live in fear, but they were willing to go on camera to tell their stories at great personal risk,” says Bergman. "They didn’t want to see it happening to other women.""
(from Frontline's page
* Resources for Agricultural Workers
. Includes links to rape/sexual violence crisis hotlines and support groups, legal aid organizations, community-based organizations and government workplace civil rights agencies
* Frontline conducted a live chat online this afternoon. Transcript here.
* CIR Video: Hidden in the Harvest
. "Three women came to the U.S. looking for a better life, but what they found wasn’t the American dream."
* Luis Gutierrez: Exploitation is the “Ugly Sin” of Immigration
. Gutierrez is a U.S. Representative for Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District.
* Dolores Huerta: An “Epidemic in the Fields”
. Huerta is a labor leader, civil rights activist and founder of the United Farm Workers of America.
* Bill Tamayo: Criminal Cases Needed to End Immigrant Abuse. Tamayo is the Regional Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, San Francisco District. Hundreds of cases of rape in the fields have been filed with the agency, and Tamayo’s office has brought more than a dozen to court.
* Manuel Cunha, Jr.: Harassment Not “A Big Problem” On Farms. Cunha, Jr. is the president of the Nisei Farmers League, a trade association representing farm owners across California.
* Female Workers Face Rape, Harassment In U.S. Agriculture Industry
* Why Have There Been So Few Sexual Assault Prosecutions In the Agriculture Industry?
* The EEOC: At the “Vanguard” of Fight Against Discrimination
* Courting Foodies: The Modern “Fair Food” Movement