CALDWELL — The College of Idaho and other Treasure Valley organizations are hosting a conference about the importance of farmworkers to the state of Idaho March 27 and 28.
The 2019 Farmworker Awareness Conference — sponsored by the College of Idaho, Community Council of Idaho, Boise State University's College of Education, the Idaho Department of Labor and Bon Appetit Management Company — will discuss the impact of Idaho's migrant workers on the agriculture and economy. Speakers and attending organizations will also provide information about the services available to migrant workers and farmworkers in Idaho.
Conference attendees will also be able to watch the first Idaho screening of Sundance film "Con o Sin Papeles," which follows the journeys and struggles of two migrant workers. A panel discussion will follow the film.
Maria Andrade, a Boise attorney and founder of Immigrant Justice Idaho, will deliver the keynote speech on Thursday. Other speakers include University of Idaho associate professor Garth Taylor, College of Idaho director of inclusion and intercultural engagement Arnold Hernandez and Thomas Silva from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Both the film screening and conference are free. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, hats or bandanas.