Peruvian sheep herders in Colorado
13 images Created 13 Feb 2010
In the desolate landscape of western Colorado, hundreds of foreign sheep herders earn a living miles away from home. The majority of shepherds are from Peru. They come under a temporary agricultural worker program that allows ranchers to hire foreign workers if there are not enough Americans willing to take the jobs. The program allows them to work in the US under a three year contract. They earn a state-set salary of $750 a month. According to Colorado Legal Services, a non-profit that is working to improve the conditions of the sheep herders in the US, the majority don't have access to a toilet, don't have days off, are not allowed visitors, and are not allowed to leave the ranch on which they work. Despite the isolation and harsh work, foreign herders keep coming looking for a better opportunity in life.