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Latino/a Mobility in California History

Genevieve Carpio, Javier Cienfuegos, Ivonne Gonzalez, Karen Lazcano, Katherine Lee Berry, Joshua Mandell, Christofer Rodelo, Alfonso Toro, Authors

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After settling on my topic, I began my research through the use of search engines such as Google and Google Scholar. Once I gained a better overall understanding of my topic, I extended my research to engines with more refined academic interests. I also performed searches on engines in widely used social media sites such as Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. I was curious to see if there was any sharing of academic or informative resources being done regarding the topic of migrant women in labor, the sexual assault of migrant women in agriculture, how the mobility of migrant women is affected by sexual assault in agriculture, etc and what what types of hashtags were being used to share such content as well as to what intended audience.

A commonly shared and referred to source both in academic search engines and social media was the Frontlines documentary Violacion de un SueƱo (Rape in the Fields). The site itself is organized in a fashion that offers multiple venues of communicating information to the viewer as well as giving a space for commenting and the sharing of thoughts. The documentary though embedded video is the first thing that a viewer sees on the site. Below this feature are news articles which give the consumer  the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the subject through the use of other areas of interest in relation to the greater subject.

The report by Human Rights Watch provides an in depth look into the violation of women in the agriculture industry. Through the use of a report, Human Rights Watch successfully caters to the reader through the use of organization and evidentiary support. The report also narrates the personal lives of women that have been victims of assault in agriculture. It differs from the documentary in that it has a greater focus on the recommendation of policy and how the the information featured in the report can affect it.

The Latino History Project is a digital exhibit by the Oakland Museum of California. The exhibit features photographs, text, and mobility as uses of media to convey the intended message. Although the exhibit does not focus particularly on the subject of women as agricultural workers or abuse for migrant workers in agriculture, it does give a history through narrative of mobility of Latino communities in California and the histories behind them. I thought it was important to have a better understanding of these topics in order to be able to make a connection between restrictors of mobilities in the past and how those have affected mobilities of the future.   

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