My name is Efrain. I have worked as a farmworker since I was 12 years old and have been doing it for more than 45 years. I travel to Ohio every harvesting season because it is the only job available to me due to my accident. I had a stroke several years ago.
I travel with my family to work in the fields. We split our time between Texas and Ohio. When we return to Texas, I am not allowed to work. I am not sure why they do not let me work. This is why we save as much money as we can when we are in Ohio. That is why we keep traveling to Ohio. I want to work. I want to provide for my family. I am lucky that the farmer here lets me continue working. I am proud of the work I do and wish others understood that it is good, dignified work.
Mi nombre es Efraín. He trabajado como trabajador agrícola desde que tenía 12 años y lo he estado haciendo por más de 45 años. Viajo a Ohio cada temporada de cosecha porque es el único trabajo disponible para mí debido a mi accidente. Tuve un derrame cerebral hace varios años.
Viajo con mi familia para trabajar en el campo. Dividimos nuestro tiempo entre Texas y Ohio. Cuando volvamos a Texas, no puedo trabajar. No estoy seguro de por qué no me dejan trabajar. Por eso, cuando estamos en Ohio, ahorramos todo lo que podemos. Por eso seguimos viajando a Ohio. Quiero trabajar. Quiero mantener a mi familia. Tengo la suerte de que el ranchero de aquí me permite seguir trabajando. Estoy orgulloso del trabajo que hago y deseo que los demás entiendan que es un trabajo bueno y digno.
Essential workers, many of whom are immigrant women, provide life sustaining work through their labor. Yet, many of these community members are denied basic rights and face challenges such as unfair wages and workplace harassment. Such challenges are greater for immigrants in low paid industries, such as the food supply chain, who many times lack access to physical, mental and legal support. Workers in the food supply chain are among the 5 million undocumented essential workers in the United States who have always done essential work. Join us in not only celebrating their contributions to our community, but working together toward a world that treats all workers with dignity and respect.