AP STORY: Supervisors take plea deal in farmworker death

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES

The criminal case over the heat-related death of teen farmworker Maria Isavel Vasquez Jimenez has come to an end. The result did not amount to much. In an emotionally charged courtroom, the farm supervisors who authorities say did not provide shade or water to the pregnant 17-year old took a plea deal. They didn’t get any jail time. Read about what happened in the courtroom here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/09/AR2011030900316.html or link to PDF

AP STORY: A teen farmworker’s life and death

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES, Uncategorized

The death of 17-year-old pregnant farmworker Maria Isavel Vasquez Jimenez has become a symbol of a system gone wrong, outraging the farmworker community and leading to the first ever criminal case over a farmworker’s heat-related death in the country. The teen died of heat stroke after working for nine hours in 100-degree heat pruning grapes. Read about the criminal case and about why Maria Isavel made it to California in the first place. Find the story here or link to PDF. Photo courtesy of the family.

STORY: Radionovela tackles gay issues among Latino farmworkers

Gosia Wozniacka Uncategorized

This is my first AP story. Short, but important: A Spanish-language radio drama is aiming to break the silence surrounding homosexuality and its acceptance among the agricultural community. Read the story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20110211/us-gay-radionovela-/ or
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=12897022 or link to PDF
You can listen to the episodes of the radionovela (en Español) on the Radio Bilingue website: http://conectate.radiobilingue.org/novelas/
You can also read my previous story about Latinos and homosexuality, which I wrote for The Oregonian, here:
Often shunned by family, Oregon’s gay Latinos fight for respect