October 23, 2005
Hiding from the U.S. border patrol in an air-conditioning duct for nine and a half hours, Jorge Mendez couldn't even come down to urinate. As agents passed below, he had to keep from making the slightest noise.
Farmworkers also recently won bargaining rights in New York. But California—once the epicenter of farmworker rights—is falling behind.
Refugees flee this Honduran city, which has long been a vast, American-owned sweatshop.
Mexico’s new president has raised wages, and maquiladora workers have gone on strike along the border.
David Bacon is a California writer and photojournalist; his latest book is In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte (University of California / El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 2017).