From the Fields to Washington, the Son of Farmworkers Becomes an Advocate

“People misjudge at times the farmworker, especially the illegal farmworker.”

Yonny CastilloWillamette University

During summers growing up, Yonny Castillo would join his parents, immigrant farmworkers from Mexico, out in the fields, picking blueberries to help provide for his family. This summer Mr. Castillo, a rising junior at Willamette, will intern for the advocacy group Farmworker Justice, where he hopes to focus on such issues as poor working conditions and low pay.

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