Agricultural Workers and the Pandemic: A Policy-Induced Crisis

Agricultural workers in the United States are facing the worst of Covid-19. Meat-packing plants and labor-intensive farms have become coronavirus hotspots, with workers at these sites experiencing extraordinarily high rates of infection. On October 21, 2020, the Food Law and Policy Clinic of Harvard Law School hosted a panel of lawyers, journalists, and organizers to examine the causes of this crisis, which has its roots in law and policy. 

Watch the recording here or below. 

Moderated by Tom Philpott, Mother Jones

Panelists include:

  • Leah Douglas, Staff Writer and Associate Editor, Food & Environmental Reporting Network
  • Micky Devitt, Legal and Policy Coordinator, Heartland Workers Center
  • Iris Figueroa, Senior Staff Attorney, Farmworker Justice
  • Edgar Franks, Political & Campaign Director, Familias Unidas por la Justicia
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