Alyson Dimmitt Gnam
Name of Host Organization: Northwest Justice Project
City, State: Wenatchee, Washington
Issue area: Immigrant Populations, Farmworkers, Women's Rights
Sponsors: Friends & Family of Philip M. Stern
Alyson combatted sexual harassment of immigrant agricultural workers in Washington state with legal education to break the silence, litigation for industry change, and a multidisciplinary network to sustain survivors.
Need Addressed By Project
Washington has the third largest farmworker labor force in the nation. More than 80 percent of farmworker women are sexually harassed on the job, enduring routine obscenities, sexual assault, and even rape. These workers face significant barriers, to enforcing their right to a workplace free of gender violence–most lack regular immigration status, do not speak English, live far below the poverty line, and are isolated in rural communities. Campesina Digna is the first project in Washington state dedicated to combating sexual harassment in the agricultural industry, working with farmworker women to enforce their right to a dignified workplace.