emerging issues

Emerging Issues Program

The goal of the Emerging Issues Program is to respond quickly to emerging agricultural health and safety topics.

This program has the potential to mobilize academic expertise and achieve breakthroughs in never or understudied areas of agricultural occupational health, and to create relationships between Center members and potential new members, both at UC Davis and at other institutions.

Sexual Harassment of Hispanic Women Farmworkers in the Agricultural Workplace

PI: Stephen McCurdy, MD, MPH, UC Davis

Ag Center Confronts Rape in Field

August 11, 2014

The PBS FRONTLINE 2013 documentary, “Rape in the Fields,” highlights undocumented women from California’s Salinas and Fresno areas as well as Washington’s Yakima Valley experience with sexual harassment and rape suffered at the hands of their supervisors. The women tell of their ordeals, sometimes at gunpoint, and fear of losing their jobs or being deported if they complain or leave. Often, the women do not speak English, are poor, in debt, and / or responsible for supporting their family.