Protecting Farmworkers from Sexual Harassment and Human Trafficking: State Level Activities
2:00 PM ~ 3:30 PM ET
Sexual harassment and human trafficking are pervasive problems that impact people of all genders, races, ethnicities, and ages in the United States and worldwide. Surveys find that one in four women report workplace harassment in the United States and it is estimated that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. These issues are often hidden and underreported because victims fear reprisal.
As a particularly vulnerable and economically disadvantaged group, migrant and seasonal farmworkers are especially likely to face sexual harassment and human trafficking. As part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Monitor Advocate System and the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) are committed to protecting farmworkers from sexual harassment and human trafficking.
This webinar will showcase how a State Monitor Advocate from Maine formed coalitions within the state and provided training on issues related to sexual harassment and human trafficking. He will share his experiences on:
- The prevalence of sexual harassment and human trafficking within the farmworker community in the state;
- WIOA regulation on sexual harassment and human trafficking training;
- Leveraging resources and support from state administration and partners (including coalition groups at the state level and non-profit organizations);
- Developing a sexual harassment and human trafficking training plan that outlines audience, needs, objectives, strategy, and key training contents.
Bhavani Arabandi, Ph.D, Workforce Analyst, National Monitor Advocate System Team, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
Juan Regalado, National Monitor Advocate, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration
Jorge Acero, State Monitor Advocate, Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services