05/25/2016 UPDATE: Silvia passed this morning. The church bells are ringing in her pueblo in Oaxaca so that she can rest in peace. She will be buried there next to her father and grandmother.
A great blessing was that Silvia's mother was able to visit for three weeks in March.
(correction: In 2013 Farmworker Justice reported: “Farm workers suffer elevated risks for prostate cancer, esophagus cancer, and oral cavity cancers. Pesticide exposure is attributed to higher rates of birth defects, developmental delays, leukemia, and brain cancer among farm worker children.” [The original essay said that information came from an August 2015 Center for Public Integrity report.]
Genelle Grant has been working with farm worker families for more than 23 years in Southwest Florida. She directs the GRACE or Guatemalan Rural Adult and Children's Education Project to prevent human trafficking. Today she tells the story of a woman who used to work in the fields whose severe health issues bring farm worker safety into question.