ERIC Number: ED123024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Indiana Migrants: Blighted Hopes, Slighted Rights. A Report Prepared by the Indiana Advisory Committee to the United State Commission on Civil Rights.
Lindstrom, Duane; And Others
Each summer more than 18,000 migrant farmworkers and their families travel to Indiana from Texas, Florida, Missouri, and Arkansas to plant, cultivate, and harvest the State's crops. Of these, more than 80 percent are Mexican Americans from Texas. These migrants work in 43 counties, primarily in the State's central region. The migrant population hits its peak in early September during the tomato harvest, when more than 10,000 migrants are in the field. Yet, the migrant farmworker is subject to unequal protection under the laws of Indiana and of the United States. He is among the lowest paid, least educated, worst housed, and most medically improvished groups in Indiana. Therefore, on August 16-17, 1974 the Indiana Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held an informal hearing in response to complaints concerning migrant living and working conditions. The Committee's intent was to study and collect data regarding the alleged denial of equal protection of the law to migrant farmworkers in Indiana, and to appraise local, State, and Federal laws and policies with respect to equal protection of the laws. This report presents the Committee's findings, conclusions, and recommendations in the areas of migrant employment, education, health, housing, and welfare. Federal and Indiana laws affecting migrant farmworkers are discussed in the appendix. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Indianapolis.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana