Create a medical-legal partnership and advocacy initiative to improve health and remediate disproportionate exposure to agricultural pollution in farmworker communities in California’s Salinas Valley.
Aaron is the right person for the project because:
• Before law school, he worked to improve environmental health in El Salvador where he witnessed firsthand how agricultural pollution devastated farmworkers and families in rural, underserved communities
• During law school, he represented undocumented immigrants at the East Bay Community Law Center and served the Karuk Tribe supporting community-driven solutions to environmental justice challenges
In the first six months, Aaron will:
• Conduct needs assessment, compile data and community narratives
• Execute MOUs to form medical-legal partnerships with clinics in Salinas and Watsonville
• Design medical-legal framework with clinic partners, including developing screening protocols, trainings for healthcare providers to better recognize health-harming legal needs, and on-site legal service infrastructure