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Each year, thousands of migrant and seasonal workers come to Ohio to find work on farms, in processing plants, and other agricultural businesses. Right now, approximately 5,600 known migrant farmworkers are located throughout the state, working at camps licensed by the Ohio Department of Health.  Many live in single-family homes, barracks-style housing, hotels, or homes with unrelated people. Because of these close living and working quarters, the state of Ohio is working to provide as many resources as possible to these workers and owners/operators to keep everyone healthy and safe. Please find a number of resources in both English and Spanish below.

English Resources

General Guidance

Checklists

Spanish Resources

Guidance 

Infographics

Vaccine

Checklists

Businesses/Employers Grocery Shopping, Protecting Against COVID-19
Children and Cloth Face Coverings (Masks) K-12 Schools
Children/Youth with Special Healthcare Needs When You Are Sick
Cleaning and Disinfecting Alternatives When to Contact Your Provider
Community and Faith-Based Organizations  

 

Posters & Signs

Employee Breaks Signage

Health Screening Questions for Use With Customers

Customer Precautions Signage

Playgrounds Signage

Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Hotline

Retail Signs & Posters

Masks Required for Entry Face Coverings Signage 1
Masks Required 2 Face Coverings Signage 2
Masks Required 3 Face Coverings Signage 3
Masks Required 4 Face Coverings Signage 4
Masks Required 5 Face Coverings Signage 5
Customer Precautions Signage Symptoms Signage
Shopping Prevention Welcome Stop Sign
Social Distancing Signage  

 

Videos

Medidas de Seguridad del COVID-19 Para los Trabajadores de Agricultura Migrantes y Temporeros


COVID-19 Safety Measures for Ohio's Migrant & Seasonal Farmworker Community


Support Organizations

FALCON Farmworker Advocacy Network

As a network of collaborating agencies, FALCON is committed to serving Ohio’s migrant and seasonal farmworkers and agricultural employers by encouraging and supporting the dignity of productive work, healthy working and living environments, educational networking, legal assistance, and spiritual outreach.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, ABLE

525 Jefferson Ave. 
Suite 300
Toledo, OH  43604
Fax: 419-259-2880

Website: https://www.ablelaw.org/

Toll-Free (Migrant): 
(855) 884-9155

International: 
001 (800) 649-9085

Representatives

Arturo Ortiz, 
Senior Paralegal
aortiz@ablelaw.org
Phone: 419-930-2546

Eugenio Mollo, 
Managing Attorney
emollo@ablelaw.org
Phone: 419-930-2547

Mark Heller, 
Attorney at Law
mheller@ablelaw.org
Phone: 419-930-2423

Patricia Y. Hernandez, 
Attorney at Law
phernandez@ablelaw.org
Phone: 419-930-252

Services

ABLE provides direct representation, worker rights education, and general advocacy to agricultural workers and immigrants, regardless of immigration status.  Attorneys and advocates from ABLE can help with legal problems such as:
•    Employment Rights of Agricultural Workers
•    Unpaid Wages and Minimum Wage Claims
•    Worker Health & Safety Concerns
•    Field Sanitation
•    Pesticide Exposure
•    Housing Conditions
•    Discrimination
•    Sexual Harassment
•    Domestic Violence and Potential Remedies
•    Immigration and Citizenship
•    Government Benefits
•    Childcare and Education
•    Federal Income Tax Controversies

We cannot accept traffic or criminal cases. 

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, LAWO

1800 North Blanchard St.
Ste. 109
Findlay, OH 45840
Phone: 419-930-2482
Fax: 419-334-9148

Website: https://www.lawolaw.org/

Representatives

Nancy Nava-Wade, 
Attorney at Law
nava-wade@lawolaw.org
Phone: 419-930-2451

Wendy Aviña, 
Outreach Paralegal
wavina@lawolaw.org
Phone: 419-930-2481

Services

LAWO provides direct representation, workers’ rights, education, and general advocacy to agricultural workers in all 88 counties in Ohio. Attorneys and advocates from LAWO can help with legal problems such as:

•    Employment Rights of Agricultural Workers
•    Unpaid Wages and Minimum Wage Claims
•    Worker Health & Safety Concerns
•    Field Sanitation
•    Pesticide Exposure
•    Housing Conditions
•    Discrimination
•    Sexual Harassment
•    Domestic Violence and Potential Remedies
•    Immigration and Citizenship
•    Government Benefits
•    Childcare and Education
•    Federal Income Tax Controversies

We cannot accept traffic or criminal cases.

Labor Union

Farm Labor Organizing Committee, FLOC

1221 Broadway
Toledo, OH  43609

Website: http://www.floc.com/

Representative

Baldemar Velasquez, President
bvelasq@floc.com
Phone: 419-243-3456
Fax: 419-243-5655

Services

FLOC is involved in a number of organizing campaigns both in the fields throughout the Midwest and the South and the inner-city streets of Toledo, OH. The role in all organizing efforts is to build a democratic institution among marginalized people so they can use their own voices to speak out against the injustices they face.

Government Agencies

Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, ODJFS

4020 E. 5th Avenue
Columbus, OH  43216
P.O. Box 1618
Columbus, OH  43216

Website: https://jfs.ohio.gov/

Ohio Migrant Hotline
1-800-282-3525

Representatives

Jennifer Crist,
State Monitor Advocate,
Office of Workforce Dev.
ODJFS Program
Jennifer.Crist@jfs.ohio.gov
Phone: 614-466-7186
Mobile: 614-579-9871

Ohio Means Jobs - Sandusky
2511 Countryside Drive
Fremont, OH. 43420
Phone: 419-355-5399
Fax: 419-355-5323

Alma Gutierrez
Alma.Gutierrez@jfs.ohio.gov
Cell: 419-306-5855

Ilda Zuniga
Ilda.Zuniga@jfs.ohio.gov
Cell: 419-307-0890

Services

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is dedicated to serving the agricultural community statewide. Responsibilities are to ensure that agricultural job seekers and employers are informed of the services provided by local OhioMeansJobs Centers.   

Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Program (MSFW) Bilingual Employment Professionals located in various OhioMeansJobs Centers’, assist employers in searching for agricultural workers, both in and out-of-state.  Employers are encouraged to take advantage of the OhioMeansJobs Centers’ labor exchange services to locate job seekers who are willing to fill temporary agricultural and food processing positions.  MSFW staff work with all segments of the agricultural industry; including orchards, plant nurseries, greenhouses, vegetable, fruit, dairy, poultry, and livestock farms.

USDOL Wage & Hour

420 Madison Ave.  
Suite 670
Toledo, OH  43604-1267
Fax: 614-643-2988

Website: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd

Representative

Craig Spader
Spader.Craig@dol.gov     
Phone: 419-259-6401

Services

The WHD enforces Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to Federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.

Ohio Department of Health, ODH

246 N. High St.
Columbus, OH  43215
Phone: 614-644-1897
Fax: 614-466-4556

Website: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home

Representative

LeeAnn Wilson, RS
Program Specialist II
LeeAnn.Wilson@odh.ohio.gov

Services

Agricultural Labor Camps- Inspections, Licensing, Rules Review, Responds to complaints of migrant labor camp housing violations.

GLCAP - Migrant Head Start

127 S Front Street, 
Fremont, OH 43420

Website: https://www.glcap.org/programs/child-care-education/migrant-seasonal-head-start/

Representative

Jacquie Wells
Child Development/Rural Transit Director
jswells@glcap.org

Services
GLCAP provides services to participating children and their families in Ohio. The program is designed to provide support to children of migrant/seasonal farm workers attending Head Start. Children between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years  

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE · EMPOWERMENT · ADVOCACY · EDUCATION 

La Conexión
P.O. Box 186
Bowling Green, OH 43402
Phone: 419-308-2328

Email:
laconexionwc@gmail.com
Website:
www.laconexionwc.wixsite.com/laconexion

Representatives

Beatriz Maya
bmaya2005@yahoo.com
Norma Vazquez
nm2194885@gmail.com

Services

La Conexion is an empowerment organization working with Latinos and recent immigrants in NW Ohio. Program areas include:
•    Community organizing. Outreach and community building
•    Adults capacity development. English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes. 
•    Youth enrichment program. Tutoring and homework assistance, mentoring, academic support, advocacy
•    Service access and navigation 
•    Advocacy on issues facing Latinos and recent immigrants
•    Art & culture
•    Interpretation services (fee for service for area agencies & institutions)

Justice for Migrant Woman
HQ – Fremont, OH.

Website:
www.justice4women.org 

Representatives

Mónica Ramírez
Founder & President
monica@justice4women.org
Cell: 561-676-3202
Twitter: @monicaramirezOH
Instagram: @activistmonicaramirez
Mary Alice Espiritu, Community Organizer 
maryaliceespiritu@gmail.com  

Services

Advancing the human and civil rights of migrant women and their families.

La Voz de la  Comunidad, Inc.
1907 W. State St. #122
Fremont, OH. 43420

Website: https://www.lavozdelacomunidad.us/

Representative

Lydia Alejandro,
Director
lyd12alejandro@yahoo.com
Cell:  419-552-1542

Services

Addressing issues for the Latino community in Sandusky County. Includes: navigating families through social service and health systems, referral to community resources, networking and serving on Boards to advocate improved race relations, and health equity. And State Committees to address Covid-19 of migrant farm workers, and Latino communities relative to testing and vaccine distribution.


HOLA Ohio 
PO Box 3066
Ashtabula, Ohio 44005-3066    

Website: http://holatoday.org/

Representative

Veronica Dhalberg
Executive Director
(440) 812 - 4626
www.holaohio.org

Services

HOLA Ohio is a 501c3, nonprofit organization based in Painesville with a mission to improve quality-of-life opportunities and empower the Latino community through outreach, education, civic engagement, entrepreneurship and skills development.

YWCA Northwest Ohio
1018 Jefferson Ave
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-255-5519        

Website: https://www.ywcanwo.org/

Services

Service/Assistance: YWCA HOPE Center provides medical and legal advocacy, crisis intervention, safety planning, transportation assistance and referrals for victims of sexual assault/intimate partner violence. Bilingual advocate available.

Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition
2149 Collingwood Blvd
Toledo, OH. 43620

Website: https://www.lchtc.org/

Representative    

Amy LaGesse, MA
Regional Grant Coordinator & Secretary
alagesse@lssnwo.org
Phone: 419-243-9178 EXT. 128
Cell: 419-466-2636    

Services

The Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition was implemented in 2009 to comprehensively respond to the problem of human trafficking. The Coalition is comprised of multi-disciplinary professionals and community members who strive to develop a coordinated victim assistance response to combat human trafficking. The Look Beneath the Surface Grant started in 2017 and replaces the Rescue and Restore Grant that began in 2014. The Look Beneath the Surface Grant works to identify and refer foreign born human trafficking victims and domestic human trafficking victims to appropriate services. This grant serves 21 counties throughout Northwest Ohio. 

Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, OCHLA
Riffe Center – 18th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215    

Website: https://www.ochla.ohio.gov/

Representatives

Lilleana Cavanaugh, MBA, CPA
Executive Director
Lilleana.cavanaugh@ohio.gov
Office: 614-466-8370
Cell: 614-551-5796
Lair Marin-Marcum, 
Community Liaison
Lair.Marin@ochla.state.oh.us
Phone: 614-728-8344

Services    
State Agency. Commission under the Governor's umbrella.
The Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs was created in 1977 with seventeen mandates proscribed in sections 121.32 and 121.33 of the Ohio Revised Code.  These mandates fall into one of three categories:

  • TO ADVISE [Public Policy Center] the Governor, the Ohio General Assembly, and state government agencies on all matters affecting Hispanic Ohioans, by issuing reports, proposing programs, commenting on legislation, and conducting policy-related research.
  • TO CONNECT [Latino Community Network] the diverse Latino communities across the State of Ohio by serving as a hub of information for and about Hispanic Ohioans by hosting meetings, conducting surveys, promoting collaboration, encouraging communication, and endeavoring to assure access to decision-making bodies.
  • TO BUILD [Organizations Development Center]  the capacity of Latino community organizations, especially those of, for, and by Hispanic Ohioans, by applying for and accepting grants in partnership with organizations, subcontracting programs to local groups, and conducting education programs to enhance and strengthen community organization staff and leadership.

En Camino
Immigrant and Migrant Outreach

Website:

https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/organization.393237-St_Wendelin_Parish_En_Camino_Fostoria_Office

Representatives

Sr. Elizabeth Maria Garcia,
St. Wendelin Parish
425 Park Ave. #18
Fostoria, OH. 44830
lile103@hotmail.com
Phone: 419-619-3625
Sr. Mary Jo Toll,
S.S. Peter and Paul Church
738 S. Saint St.
Toledo, OH. 43609
maryjotto@snd1.org
Phone: 440-313-2618    

Services

En Camino facilitates services for migrants and immigrants from the two locations of St. Wendelin, Fostoria and Saints Peter and Paul Toledo.  The services are: spiritual, educational, interpretation, translation and legal. Normally, En Camino works with local parishes, school systems, doctors and hospitals. Both locations have OLAP accredited offices (Office of Legal Access Programs). 

Catholic Diocese of Toledo, Office of Intercultural Ministries
1933 Spielbusch Ave
Toledo, OH 43604    

Website: https://toledodiocese.org/page/hispanic-ministries

Representatives

Andrea De La Roca, 
Coordinator of Intercultural Ministries
adelaroca@toledodiocese.org
Phone: 419-244-6711
Fr. Michael Diemer
mdiemer@toledodiocese.org
Phone: 419-933-6009

Education

Ohio Migrant Education Center, OMEC
428 ½ Croghan St.
Fremont, OH  43420
Phone: 419-332-6007
Fax: 419-332-8350    

Website: https://omec.nwoesc.org/

Representatives

Jose Salinas, Director
jsalinas@nwoesc.org

Malena Gutierrez, S tate ID&R Coordinator,
mgutierrez@nwoesc.org

Lisa Florez, Health Fair Coordinator,
bflorez@nwoesc.org
    

Services
Ohio Migrant Education Center (OMEC) assists school districts that serve migrant children in their effort to create a learning environment that will foster success. The Center has supplemental materials available for teachers to use with their ESL migrant population in Ohio.

GLCAP M/S Head Start
Great Lakes Community Action Partnership
127 S. Front St.
Fremont, Ohio 43420
Phone: 1-800-775-9767

Website: https://www.glcap.org/programs/child-care-education/preschool/

Representative
Jacquie Wells, 
Director of Child Development and Rural Transit
   
Mobile: 419-680-3847
jswells@glcap.org

Services

Serves: Fremont, Hartville, Napoleon, New Carlisle, Shiloh    

 Glcap Migrant/Seasonal Head Start offers high quality year round educational programs for children of families who work as migrant or seasonal agricultural work. NO COST – Offer Full Day classes, nutritious meals and snacks, free medical exams, disability services, transportation to and from centers. Early education for children ages birth to 5 years old.  Centers include: Fremont, Hartville, Napoleon, New Carlisle, Shiloh


JOB TRAINING · EMERGENCY SERVICES & HOUSING

Path Stone Corporation

2-453 Co. Rd. V
Liberty Center, OH 43532
hcruz@pathstone.org
Phone: 419-875-6654
Fax: 419-875-4010  

Website: https://pathstone.org/

Representative

Diana Guzman
dguzman@pathstone.org    Heather Cruz, 
Director of Training & Employment
Path Stone Corporation

Services

Path Stone is an employment and training agency which can transition agriculture workers into mainstream labor positions or skilled agricultural positions.  They also provide emergency services, food assistance, and referrals to migrant and seasonal farmworkers.   

HEALTH SERVICES

Community Health Services, CHS
2221 Hayes Ave.
Fremont, OH  43420
Phone: 419-334-3869 
Fax: 419-334-8546
www.CHSOhio.com

 

Representative    

Jennifer Leonard
jleonard@fremontchs.org
Cell: 419-208-5178

Services
     
CHS provides comprehensive medical and dental services to both adults and children in five counties and eight locations.   They offer the following medical services and specialties: 
•    Family Medicine
•    Internal Medicine
•    OB/GYN 
•    Pediatrics
•    Behavioral Health Services
•    Family Dentistry

Ohio Migrant Health Centers
Health Partners of Western Ohio    

329 North West Street, 2nd Floor
Lima, Ohio 45801
(419) 221-3072

admincontact@hpwohio.org
Ph: 877-516-4149  

Health Services in:
Toledo, Napoleon, Defiance, Bryan, New Carlisle, Lima, Kenton

Community and Rural Health, Inc.
www.fremontchs.com     

1220 East State St
Freemont, OH 43420
(419) 334-3869    

Health Services in:
Freemont, Fostoria, Stony Ridge, Napoleon, Willard