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A new way for farmworkers in Ventura County to access assistance in their native language

New resources are available to help support farmworkers in Ventura County, at the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard
Caroline Feraday
New resources are available to help support farmworkers in Ventura County, at the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard

The resource program now has a permanent home in Oxnard.

Farmworkers in Ventura County can now access resources in four languages at a permanent service window at the Consulate of Mexico in Oxnard.

Talia Barrera, the manager for the County of Ventura's Farmworker Resource Program, says it's an important step in supporting the county's agricultural workers.

"Our county's agricultural industry is at the top of the list when it comes to the economy in the county," Barrera told KCLU.

"We couldn't have a better program to support our agricultural workers and growers in our region," she said.

She continued, "It means that they have a safe place and they feel protected. We provide resources and information.

"At the top of our goals is providing them information about the labor laws that protect them."

The collaboration named VAIPOIME is an acronym in Spanish which translates to “Integral Service Window for Origin and Indigenous Peoples of Mexico Abroad”.

The main purpose of the new service window is to serve farmworkers of indigenous origins, providing information, resources, and services available to the community including information on the labor laws that protect them, seeking resolutions to workplace issues, and offering information about services provided by the Mexican government to their communities abroad.

Services will be provided in English, Spanish, Mixteco and Zapoteco. This is only the third VAIPOIME in the nation and the first in collaboration with a government agency.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 7 Golden Mike Awards, 4 Los Angeles Press Club Awards and 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.