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National Agriculture Day Panel

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Chase Center, Vermont Law School

Please join the Food and Agriculture Law Society for a special celebration of National Agriculture Day, presenting a panel on "Immigration Reform 2014: Potential Impact on Regional Agriculture."

The Panelists:

Jennifer Lee, J.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Stephen and Sandy Sheller Center for Social Justice
Temple University Beasley School of Law

Prior to joining the Temple faculty, Lee was a farm worker attorney both at Colorado Legal Services and Legal Aid of North Carolina. She represented farm workers in employment cases, including wage and hour, civil rights, and human trafficking litigation, as well as in immigration cases for victims of crime (U visa) and human trafficking (T visa). In addition, she was actively involved in community education, policy, and legislative advocacy on behalf of farm workers. She is best known for her work with H-2A sheepherders, an extremely vulnerable population of immigrant workers who face egregious working conditions.

Earlier in her career she was a Clifton Everett Fellow at Legal Aid of North Carolina working with immigrant victims of domestic violence and a Staff Attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services representing low-income tenants. Right after graduating from law school, she clerked for the Hon. Franklin Van Antwerpen in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She previously was a visiting clinical professor at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, working with students on immigration and poverty law cases.

Abel Luna
Campaign Coordinator
Lorenzo Rodriguez
Farmworker
Migrant Justicea
Burlington, Vermont

Abel is part of Migrant Justice's full-time staff. Abel grew up working as a migrant farmworker in New York State and worked as an educator and organizer with the Rural Migrant Ministry of NY. He worked on their successful campaign to strengthen agricultural labor laws in New York State.

Migrant Justice works to engage, educate and organize communities and allies to effectively challenge US immigration, economic, and trade policies and practices that adversely affect farm workers and family farmers. Migrant Justice works towards the vision of truly humane and dignified farming communities and fair food systems everywhere making migration a choice and not a need.


Clark Hinsdale
President
Vermont Farm Bureau

Clark Hinsdale is a seventh generation Vermonter and a graduate of Middlebury College. After college, Clark did graduate work in archeology at Northwestern University.

Clark began farming in high school and first purchased his own farmland in 1978. In 1995 he purchased the Charlotte Berry farm that he conserved and operated for 14 seasons. In 2003, Clark and his father planned and built New England's first robotic dairy farm.

In addition to farming, Clark has been very active in land conservation helping many young farmers acquire and conserve land.

Clark has served on a number of Boards of Directors including Yankee Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation, Farm Family Insurance and the Nationwide Board Council. He has served his hometown of Charlotte in several positions, including three years as a Selectman.

Vermont Farm Bureau strongly supports year-round access to guest workers and opposes inconsistent and heavy handed enforcement by the INS of cases involving undocumented farm workers. The Bureau urges Congress to simplify visa procedures for farm workers, to recognize the human rights of persons who enter this country seeking work, and to lessen the penalties against employers who hire foreign workers who possess valid documents and to include a reasonable path to citizenship for those interested laborers.

Megan Horn, J.D.
Staff Attorney/Policy Analyst
Farmworker Justice

Megan works primarily on federal labor and immigration policy affecting farmworkers. Megan is currently engaged in policy analysis and advocacy in the immigration reform debate. During and after law school Megan worked with several organizations representing low-wage immigrant workers, including the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, and Centro de Los Derechos del Migrante. She also represented the National Domestic Workers' Alliance in her law school clinic. Before law school Megan was an immigrants' rights activist and a member of Teach For America in Miami, where she taught for four years.