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Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network (CMFN)
The Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network (CMFN) is a national organization dedicated to pastoral ministry with migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Founded in 1986, the Network operates with the support and collaboration of the Office for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees of the U.S. Catholic Conference. CMFN works to bring the pastoral presence of the Church to thousands of migrant farmworkers throughout our country. Though most farmworkers continue to adhere to their traditional faith, they often lack the pastoral presence and support of the local church community.

Consortium for Quality and Consistency in Indentification and Recruitment (CONQIR)

The Consortium for Quality and Consistency in Identification and Recruitment was established to promote interstate and intrastate coordination among 12 Consortium States with the aim of quality assurance, reliability, and consistency in ID&R practices and activities.


ESCORT, located at the State University of New York at Oneonta, is a national resource center dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for migrant children. ESCORT maintains the National Migrant Education Hotline and also conducts professional and program development activities to State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies and schools to help improve services to migrant children and other English Language Learners. ESCORT annually sponsors a National Identification & Recruitment Forum to provide training and networking opportunities for recruiters and others concerned with the identification of migrant children.

Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc. (FJF)

The Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc. (FJF), established in 1981, is a non-profit organization located in Washington, DC that has been helping empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their wages and working conditions, labor and immigration policy, health and safety, and access to justice. Using a multi-faceted approach, FJF engages in litigation, administrative and legislative advocacy, training and technical assistance and public education.

Harvest America

Harvest America Corporation is a non-profit community-based organization serving the needs of the migrant and seasonal farmworker, Hispanic, rural and powerless populations of Kansas. The Corporation offers services which encourage and support people to improve their lives and communities. Their Program Areas include Social Services, Housing, Health Promotion and Education. Their bilingual and bicultural staff provides assistance through direct services, counseling, information dissemination, referrals and case management for long-term family stability. The housing program works to ensure that the individuals and families they serve are able to live in affordable and safe housing. Harvest America is dedicated to the promotion of responsible and healthy decision-making through programs, which offer culturally appropriate, language specific, targeted, up-to-date information in a number of different areas. Harvest America offers community based education programs for age levels from early childhood to adult.

Harvest of Hope Foundation

The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997 as the only national foundation to raise funds exclusively for migrant farm worker individuals and families. The Foundation serves to support migrant farmworkers and their families with emergency aid; issue small grants to programs that assist migrant families; provide financial aid to migrant students attending college via the Paths To Scholarships Fund; heighten awareness of the plight of migrant farmworkers in the country; and coordinate with agencies assisting migrant families and their children with education, immunizations and medical needs, and social services.


As a part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Congress offered states the opportunity to design a health insurance program to meet the needs of uninsured children. Title 21 was signed creating the State Children Health Insurance Program, also known as SCHIP. SCHIP is a Federal/ State partnership, similar to Medicaid. The goal is to expand health insurance access to children whose family income exceeds Medicaid guidelines. For some families private insurance is not available or affordable. In the late 1998 an estimated 60,000 children were uninsured in Kansas. The state needed a way to find these uninsured children and provide a program designed to promote a healthy lifestyle. HealthWave was created for uninsured children, ages 0-19, living in households with income levels at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Within the first year, 15,500 of those children and teens were found eligible for HealthWave 21. In addition, through the HealthWave Outreach efforts, an additional 17,000 previously uninsured children were found to be eligible for Kansas Medicaid also known as HealthWave 19. As of the end of 2005 over 37,000 children were eligible for HealthWave 21 benefits.

High School Equivalency Program (HEP)

The HEP was created in 1967 to help migratory and seasonal farmworkers (or children of such workers), who are 16 years of age or order and not currently enrolled in school, obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and, subsequently, gain employment or begin postsecondary education or training. The program serves more than 7,000 students annually. Services to HEP participants include outreach to eligible individuals; educational and counseling services designed to help students obtain a GED certificate; placement services in a university, college, junior college, military service, or career position; weekly stipends; residential housing; and exposure to educational and cultural activities usually not available to migrant or seasonal farmworkers.

Interstate Migrant Education Council (IMEC)

The Interstate Migrant Education Council (IMEC), is an independent organization whose mission is to advocate policies that ensure the highest quality education and other needed services for the nation’s migrant children. IMEC’s volunteer members work to enhance educational opportunities for migrant students by examining policy issues concerning coordination between public and private agencies, including all levels of government.

Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC)

The KPIRC, federally funded under the Title V of No Child Left Behind, is the official Parent Involvement Technical Assistance Center for Kansas. They are one of a national network of 60 PIRC'S across the United States and are funded for five more years (2006-2011). The KPIRC works hand in hand with the KSDE State and Federal programs office in providing you information and resources on early childhood through high school parent involvement. The KPIRC goals are to: provide a seamless system of support, resources, and training to families with children from birth through high school, build capacity of parents, particularly those who are educationally and/or economically disadvantaged, to become an integral part of their children's educational success, and finally, develop parent advocacy and leadership skills.

The Migrant Library

Sponsored by the Geneseo Migrant Center, the books listed in the Migrant Library serve as an introduction to migrant farmworker literature, both fiction and non-fiction. These resources may be useful inside the classroom, for research, or to increase understanding of the migrant experience in other areas.

Migrant Services Directory: Organizations and Resources

The Migrant Services Directory provides summaries and contact information for major federal programs and national organizations that serve migrant farmworkers and their families. It can be used as a tool for increasing coordination among programs and organizations that serve the same client population.

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the nation. The NASS web site provides reports on crops, demographics, economics, environment, livestock, and more.

National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS)

The U.S. Department of Labor is the only national information source on the demographics and working and living conditions of U.S. farmworkers. The information is obtained directly from farm workers through face-to-face interviews at their work sites. Since the survey began in 1988, nearly 43,000 workers have been interviewed. Numerous federal government agencies utilize NAWS findings for a multitude of purposes, including estimating the need for services, allocating program dollars to areas of greatest need, and program design and evaluation.

National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education (NASDME)

The National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education (NASDME) is the professional organization of state officials charged with the administrative responsibilities of using these monies effectively and productively to help all migrant children succeed in school. NASDME provides its members ongoing information about events and activities, and offers new members training, guidance and counsel. It prepares publications to inform a wider audience about Migrant Education. It represents the Migrant Education community in continuing dialogues with the Federal government. NASDME annually sponsors a National Migrant Education Conference to provide training, leadership, and networking opportunities for all persons concerned with the education of migrant children.

National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH)

The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), established in 1975, is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to a network of more than 500 migrant health center service sites in the United States as well as other organizations and individuals serving the farmworker population. NCFH is a private, not-for-profit corporation located in Buda, Texas whose mission is "to improve the health status of farmworker families through appropriate application of human, technical, and information resources."

Office of Migrant Education (OME)

The Office of Migrant Education (OME) administers four grant programs that provide academic and supportive services to the children of families who migrate to find work in the agricultural, fishing, and timber industries. The programs are designed to help migrant children, who are uniquely affected by the combined effects of poverty, language and cultural barriers, and the migratory lifestyle, to meet the same challenging academic content and student academic achievement standards that are expected of all children. The Migrant Education Program is based on the premise that, with the right supportive services, migrant children can achieve at the same level as their peers. (OME) (MEP)

Pew Hispanic Center

The Pew Hispanic Center, founded in 2001, is a nonpartisan research organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Its mission is to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the entire nation. The Center does not advocate for or take positions on policy issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan "fact tank" in Washington, DC that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

Statewide Farmworker Health Program

The purpose of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Statewide Farmworker Health Program is to assure access to primary health care services for low-income and medically underserved migratory and seasonal farmworkers in Kansas. The program coordinates a state-wide case management system for migratory and seasonal farmworkers to obtain health services. Vouchers for covered services are obtained from state-funded primary care clinics and local health departments.

United Farm Workers (UFW)

The United Farm Workers (UFW), founded in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, has consistently battled to organize farm workers, raise wages, improve working conditions and win new collective bargaining, legal and legislative protections for the poorest and most abused working people in America. Today, the union continues Chavez’s legacy of fighting for social justice by actively participating in the legislative and political process as well as engaging in labor, water, pesticide, health care, housing and economic development issues.

United Migrant Opportunities Services, Inc. (UMOS)

United Migrant Opportunities Services, Inc. (UMOS) is a private, non-profit corporation established in 1965 to advocate for and provide services to Hispanic migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. UMOS’s mission is to provide programs and services that improve the employment, education, health, and housing opportunities of under-served populations.
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