Border Farmworker Center in El Paso, TexasAdd to Lightbox Download
Farmworkers leave the Center to start their workday early in the morning.
It is 3 pm and things are just getting started at the Border Farmworker Center in El Paso, Texas, just meters away from the US-Mexico border. Workers start to arrive after a hard day's work and lay their belongings on the floor where they will spend the night. It is time to relax. Some read El Diario, the local spanish newspaper, others watch a TV game show or chat quietly in a corner. They come from different parts of Mexico to work at the ranches surrounding El Paso.
The Center was built in 1995 in the Segundo Barrio, a historically significant area for the struggle of the rights of migrant agricultural workers and their families. The Center's main goal is to provide for the immediate needs of those workers, providing them with a safe environment away from home.
Unless there is a soccer match in which Mexico is playing, the lights are turned off at 9 o'clock. The next day's routine will start by heading off to the fields at 3 or 4 am. Another day of backbreaking labor to put food on America's table.
- Oscar Durand
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