For Migrant Women Farmworkers, Abuse Often Comes with the Job (full documentary)
21 Sep 2022
FRONTLINE and Univision News uncovered the hidden price that many migrant women working in America’s fields and packing plants pay to keep their jobs and provide for their families. (Aired 2013)
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For the women who pick and package the food we eat every day, sexual assault often comes with the job. “Rape in the Fields/Violación de un Sueño” investigated why female farmworkers, especially those who are undocumented, fall prey to field bosses and co-workers — and run the very real risk that they’ll lose their jobs or be deported if they dare to denounce their attackers.
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Prologue - 00:00
“Sexual Harassment is an Epidemic in the Fields” - 00:57
An EEOC Investigation into an Apple Grower - 14:46
For Undocumented Victims, the Fear of Deportation - 20:05
Pattern of No Criminal Charges for Sexual Violence Against Farmworkers - 34:15
Lawsuits and Outcomes - 42:40
Credits - 51:56