Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Armando Barragan Jr.


Immigrant farm workers continue to be a vulnerable community despite the numerous services available to them. By interviewing people who work with immigrant farmworkers, we can determine what has worked in terms of efforts to help immigrant farm workers and what issues persist today. Prior research has shown the many troubles these individuals have faced due to the type of work they do, as well as the ramifications due to their undocumented status. The purpose of this research was to find what can be causing these persistent barriers to a more safe, healthy, and long fulfilling life, and attempt to remove these barriers. We used qualitative methods and conducted interviews with people from different agencies and work settings to hopefully solve this problem. Based on our analysis of the data, we found that there were four common themes throughout our interviews which included health, fear, housing, and pay. These findings impact Social Work practice as it highlights the lack of social welfare and justice in California. Also, by shedding light on the need for advocacy for health care programs and immigration reforms and policies to reduce the anxiety and fear of deportation. These findings are also significant to Social Work as it proves the importance of research in our field in order to start a call for action to fix these systemic issues.

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