Don Villarejo

Honoring Don Villarejo

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The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety honors a longtime partner, advisor, and advocate for farmworker health, Don Villarejo, who passed away on November 19, 2021. Don founded the California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) in 1977 and was instrumental in the founding of our Ag Center in 1990 (and was featured in our very first newsletter in 1991).

​His work helped to inform the national narrative of farm safety with the inclusion of the health and safety realities of immigrant farmworkers working in labor-intensive agriculture in the West.