Farmworker Outreach

Addressing Immigration Concerns

To address farmworker needs, the Cornell Farmworker Program (CFP), along with the Upstate Immigration Project of the Legal Aid Society, has developed videos, publications, and educational workshops about immigration policies, emergency planning and driving laws. These resources inform farmworkers about state and federal law and advise individuals about proper interactions with local police and immigration officials.

Immigration Resources

  • Derechos de los Inmigrantes (Immigrants’ Rights) DVD: A Spanish language skit that provides information about ways to respond, if detained by a law enforcement official. For ordering information, contact the Cornell Farmworker Program at farmworkers@cornell.edu or 607-255-5194.
  • Immigrant rights and emergency planning: The Cornell Farmworker Program (CFP) conducts on-farm workshops on immigrant rights and emergency planning. Get the flyer.
  • Immigration Facts: Details what immigration authorities can and cannot legally do. Use these facts as guidelines. Immigration authorities do not always follow these procedures in cases of “reasonable suspicion.”
    Get the fact sheet in English or Spanish.
  • Know your rights: On-farm workshops utilize Spanish language DVDs. Read more.
  • Parental Consent Alternative Childcare in Spanish and English: Used to give authority to other individual(s) to care for child(ren) if you are unable to do so.   Click here for the document.
  • Parental Permission for child to travel. Click here.
  • Pest Management for Farmers and Farmworkers: Spanish and English language DVD that explore low cost pest management strategies. Click here for more information.
  • Power of Attorney - single or couple with no children.  Click here.
  • Power of Attorney - families. Click here.
  • Referral Card: Clearly states your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney, in the event of questioning or detainment. Includes phone numbers for Legal Aid Society and the Mexican and Guatemalan Consulates.
    Click here for the referral card.
  • Yellow Light Checklist: Provides a check list of ways one may be able to obtain legal status.
    Get the checklist in English and Spanish.

English as a Second Language

Student and local volunteers, in conjunction with the Tompkins County Learning Partners (TCLP), travel to local farms to tutor farmworkers in English. Using materials provided by the Cornell Farmworker Program and TCLP, tutors provide support to improve their grammar, reading, writing, and pronunciation skills to better communicate with their employers and in the general community. These sessions also aid farmworkers in their interactions at the store and hospital.

Drivers Licenses and Drivers Education for Immigrant Farmworkers

The Cornell Farmworker Program has developed an educational program on safe driving with the assistance of Dr. Pilar Parra (Cornell University), Elizabeth Claypoole (Wayne County CCE) and Debbie Miller (SUNY Cortland). This program includes information on New York State driving laws and regulations as well as guidelines regarding drinking and driving.