Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights
LAWO works to protect the rights of agricultural workers who come to Ohio each growing season. Agricultural workers are faced with a number of problems, including finding adequate and affordable housing, locating health and social services, obtaining for themselves and their families, and getting paid a fair wage for their work. Many agricultural workers find it difficult to follow complicated governmental procedures dealing with immigration laws, food stamps, and driver's license problems. Due to language barriers, LAWO staff work with clients on both the translation and application of benefit programs. Advocates not only work to resolve a clients immediate problem, but also provide education on the legal process and their rights and obligations.
Common areas of concern for agricultural workers include:
This Harvest Calendar is published by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), as an educational service for agricultural workers in Ohio. ABLE and LAWO are nonprofit law firms that provide free legal services to low-income persons in west and northwest Ohio and agricultural workers throughout the state.