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Reina Saco

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Reina Saco

Reina Saco

Name of Host Organization: Florida Legal Services
City, State: Newberry, Florida
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: The Florida Bar Foundation

The Project

Reinga will use education, outreach, community lawyering, legislative advocacy and impact litigation to increase access to affordable, safe and sanitary housing for migrant farmworker communities across Florida. 

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Up to 200,000 migrant and seasonal farmworkers work in Florida. Many agricultural farmworkers in Florida are undocumented immigrants. Due to their immigration status, they are excluded from living in labor camps or in federally, subsidized housing and often must live in substandard housing. They are reluctant to report landlord abuses due to recent increases in ICE enforcement.
The Right Person For This Project

Reina is the right person for the project because: 

  • She is an immigrant herself and can use her experiences to connect with others who now face similar situations
  • She grew up in an immigration hotspot and is personally aware of the difficulties facing immigrant communities
  • She has previously organized and carried out projects with underserved and marginalized communities 
  • She is well-versed in the intersectionality of issues affecting immigrant communities
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Reina will:

  • Outreach to organizations that assist farmworkers to identify locations of farmworker housing and systemic housing issues
  • Compile data on resources and outreach programs currently targeting immigrant communities 
  • Investigate issues that contribute to housing insecurity and inadequacy for immigrant communities
  • Review background information concerning housing options for farmworkers in Florida and submit relevant public records requests