Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Outreach Program
Through our Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker (MSFW) Outreach Program, the EDD partners with other state agencies and community-based organizations to directly serve farmworkers and agricultural employers.
We have multilingual outreach workers that travel to areas where farmworkers work, live, and gather to make sure that they receive information about job opportunities, farmworker labor rights, and supportive services available through the America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM (AJCC) offices and our partners.
Services for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers
- Multilingual assistance.
- General information about unemployment, disability, and paid family leave.
- Referrals to supportive services such as low-cost medical services, housing, utility assistance, food banks, and legal services.
- Assistance with job searching, résumé writing, and job referrals.
- Information about farmworker labor rights and filing complaints.
- Assistance with placement into agricultural and non-agricultural jobs.
For a complete list of services for MSFWs and agricultural employers, see our Migrant Seasonal Farmworker Outreach Program Brochure (DE 6073) (PDF).
Monitor Advocate Office
The Monitor Advocate System is a federal/state monitoring system that ensures migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) have equitable access to career services, skill development, and workforce protections offered by American Job Centers, so they may improve their living and working conditions.
Do you have a work-related complaint? Are you having issues with:
- Access to shade, clean water, or restrooms.
- Lunch and breaks.
- Getting paid wages owed to you.
- Health and safety issues.
We can help you attempt to locally resolve your complaint with your employer. Contact us for more information!
Other Resources for Farmworkers
- Consulate General of Mexico
The Consulate helps Mexican citizens who are living or traveling in the United States (website only available in Spanish).
- La Cooperativa Campesina de California
La Voz del Campo/Voice of the Field informational newsletter produced for California’s agricultural communities.
- Department of Social Services Resource Guide
- Obtain information on housing programs, immigration assistance, food and cash aid, and child welfare programs.
- Cal Fresh: California’s food stamps (SNAP) Program. Provides children and economically disadvantaged families with better access to food and a healthier diet through its food assistance programs and comprehensive nutrition efforts.
- Department of Industrial Relations: Overtime for Agricultural Workers -FAQ.
- US Department of Labor Programs for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers
The Employment and Training Administration provides a variety of services to farmworkers and agricultural employers.
In addition, we assist with the federal Foreign Labor Certification H-2A Program, which allows agricultural employers to bring foreign workers temporarily, when not enough qualified US workers are available.
"They have helped us a lot. Sometimes on unemployment, or checking a form we don’t understand because it’s in English. They support us."
– Pedro Antonio
a California farmworker on how program outreach workers have supported his local area.
"Being able to go out into the community and give these resources at no-cost, and seeing after how we successfully helped them- that joy and smile on their face. It just gives you the thanks for the services that you’re doing."
– Javier Jimenez