Migrant Farmworker Law Center to visit Michigan City

The Politics Arts Roots and Culture Community Center in Michigan City will host the Migrant Farmworker Law Center Saturday.

The Migrant Farmworker Law Center will shine a light on the migrant farmworkers who live and work in Northwest Indiana.

The Indianapolis-based nonprofit group, which provides legal services to migrant farmworkers across the state of Indiana, will give a presentation at 4 p.m. Saturday at the P.A.R.C. Cultural Center at 1713 Franklin St in Michigan City.

Attendees can learn about ways to support the itinerant laborers who often do back-breaking work in the hot sun to get produce into grocery stores.

"Each year, thousands of migrant workers follow the harvest from Florida, Georgia and other parts of the South to Northern states such as Indiana, Ohio and Michigan," Politics Art Roots Culture Organizer Vincent Emanuele wrote in a press release.

"They pick and pack asparagus, melons, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables that grace Americans' dinner tables," he said. "They settle, sometimes for months, into roadside motels, apartment buildings and mobile home parks in farm towns across the country. Yet they are largely unseen and often isolated from the communities where they live and work. They're vulnerable to exploitation, including wage theft and labor trafficking. And their health and safety are at times put at risk for the sake of the harvest."

The evening with the Migrant Farmworkers Law Center is free and open to all ages.

For more information, visit facebook.com/1713FranklinSt/ or call 760-819-9473.

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