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The Sheepherder Project

Systemic Change for Marginalized Workers

By Jennifer J. Lee

Representing sheepherders who work in the United States as part of the H-2A program is extremely challenging. Not only are sheepherders geographically isolated, but also they are exempt from many of the state and federal laws that protect workers. The Migrant Farm Worker Division of Colorado Legal Services designed its Sheepherder Project to bring about systemic change for sheepherders through litigation and a variety of advocacy strategies. Colorado Legal Services’ innovative project can serve as a model for any poverty law advocate.

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