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Nov. 15 | Stopping Sexual Violence in the Fields

  • Knox Hall, Sociology Department, Room 509 606 West 122nd Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
 Image courtesy of US Department of Agriculture.

Image courtesy of US Department of Agriculture.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017. 12:00- 1:30 PM

WHERE: Sociology Department (Columbia University), 509 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd Street

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an innovative and exciting organization of agricultural workers from Florida, is visiting New York City this fall as part of its Harvest Without Violence campaign.  The campaign is intended to spotlight the problem of sexual violence in agricultural work and to promote the organization's Fair Food Program and its success at preventing such violence. In order to expand the Fair Food Program's human rights protections, they seek a commitment from Wendy's--the only major fast food chain still not participating in the Program.

On November 15th, worker leaders from the Coalition will visit Columbia to speak about their work.  Joining them are Jennifer Hirsch, Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia and a leading expert in gender, sexuality, and immigrant rights; and Kathleen Griesbach, a doctoral student in sociology studying precarious work.  They will be discussing the connections between sexual violence in agricultural work and in other institutional contexts. 

Prior in the week, on Monday, November 13th from 9am to 6pm, the CIW will be displaying its interactive "Harvest without Violence Mobile Exhibit" about preventing sexual violence in agriculture in Low Plaza on Columbia's campus. The exhibit is open to the public.


This event is part of the INCITEment series, hosted by the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE), and is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

INFORMATION: For more information, please email Sam Lutzker at sal2176@columbia.edu .

This event is FREE and open to the public.