California Human Development (CHD) recently visited Capitol Hill to meet with various members of Congress, such as Representatives Matsui, La Malfa, Harder, Garamendi, Thompson, and Huffman. The purpose of their trip was to attend the AFOP Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. and advocate for California’s farmworkers.
As farmworkers make up a significant portion of the population in CHD’s 31 County Service Area, Representatives Matsui, La Malfa, Harder, Garamendi, Thompson, and Huffman all represent districts in California where farmworkers reside. The visit to Capitol Hill provided an opportunity for CHD to share their expertise on the needs of this population and advocate for policies that support their well-being.
During their meetings with the members of Congress, CHD provided detailed reports on the needs of farmworkers in each representative’s district. For instance, in Representative Matsui’s district, which covers Sacramento and parts of Yolo and Solano Counties, there are over 5,000 farmworkers. CHD highlighted the needs of these farmworkers in these areas and how their Farmworker Services Division is meeting those needs through their various programs and services.
By providing these thorough reports, CHD was able to demonstrate the specific needs of farmworkers in each representative’s district and advocate for policies that address these challenges. This personalized approach made the meetings more effective and impactful, as the representatives were able to see the real-world impact of their policy decisions on their constituents.
Overall, the visit to Capitol Hill provided an essential opportunity for CHD to advocate for the needs of California’s farmworkers and ensure that policymakers hear their voices. By collaborating with members of Congress, they can improve the lives of those who tirelessly work to provide food for our tables.