When Myrto Cesaire approached a friend to inquire about local jobs, the friend mockingly suggested that “farm work” was her only option. Cesaire, who urgently needed a job and longed to experience the plight of migrant farm workers, immediately began to apply for farming jobs through a farm labor contractor (FLC). Within a few days, the FLC connected her with a farm that had a vacancy. The interview process was short, as they only wanted to know if she could read, write, and count. She was offered and accepted the job on the spot.
“The reason why I started working with them is because I noticed how hard they were working under the sun while I was passing by one day,” she said. “I’ve been invested in the cause ever since and told myself I needed to stand with them.”