“I grew up in Vermont and I never thought about migrant workers here,” says Hannah, who spent her childhood in Norwich.She recently moved back to Vermont after living out of state and working in education.
That’s because Gregorio is working here without authorization. Now he’s here, on this farm in central Vermont, spending his early 20s working 12-hour shifts, 6 days a week.
When he was 20 years old, Gregorio left his home in Vera Cruz, Mexico, and spent $4,500 to cross the border into the U. He walked for a week to get to a safe house in Tuscon, Arizona. When he was 20 years old, Gregorio left his home in Vera Cruz, Mexico, and spent $4,500 to cross the border into the U. Four years later, he's on this dairy, working 72 hours a week, and living with six coworkers on the farm property.
Some are scared to go out in public to go grocery shopping, or even to answer a knock at the door. “Before no, but now, yes.” We’re not using Gregorio’s last name, to protect his identity.
We’re not identifying the dairy farm where he works, either.
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