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Jornaleros SAFE Project

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Five organizations in Mexico and the U.S. worked to investigate the conditions of recruitment and employment of seasonal agricultural workers with H-2A visas. The H-2A visa U.S. is a temporary work program for agricultural workers that is controlled, funded, and managed by the U.S. agricultural companies and recruiters. H-2A visas allow U.S. employers to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis to perform work exclusively in the agricultural sector, as long as there are no U.S. workers available locally. 

The majority of H-2A workers are from Mexico (over 90%). From 1997 to 2010, the entire program grew 349% and has varied, but this trend is unlikely to disappear.

The information in this infographic comes from seven states in Mexico: Baja California, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi, Sonora and Veracruz.

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