JOIN US January 17th for the Farmworker Fair Labor Hearing in Albany

The Farmworker Fair Labor Human Rights Hearing, will take place from 10AM to 2PM in Hearing Room B in the Legislative Office Building. The Hearing will feature a panel of Human Rights Observers who will listen to the testimony of multiple courageous New York state Farmworkers who will describe their day to day living and working conditions. Observers include Sam Waterston (actor, Law and Order), Tom Gerety (former Executive Director of the Brennan Center for Justice), Jeanne Mirer (President, International Commission on Labor Rights), Sr. Doreen Glynn (Justice Coordinator, Sisters of St. Joseph), and a representative from the Mexican Consulate. The Observers will have the opportunity to not only listen to the testimony of the Farmworkers, but also ask relevant questions in order to present a series of findings to New York State and the audience.
There are still bus seats available from Rochester, Hauppauge, White Plains, Manhattan, and New Paltz.

Welcome to Rural & Migrant Ministry

Since 1981 Rural & Migrant Ministry, a statewide, non-profit organization, has been standing proudly with the the rural and migrant communities throughout New York.

We act to overcome the prejudices and poverty that degrade and debilitate people within rural New York by building communities that celebrate diversity, achieve true mutuality and fight for dignity and opportunity to all.

We work with rural leaders, both young and older, who are committed to equality and cooperative opportunity, especially within agricultural systems. We also support people in faith, labor and university communities who seek to stand with rural leaders as allies.

Mission Statement:
Rural & Migrant Ministry works for the creation of a just, rural New York State through:

  • Nurturing leadership
  • Standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers
  • Changing unjust systems and structures

RMM implements its mission through three program areas:

Through the Accompaniment Program, RMM accompanies rural workers – especially farmworkers – who seek to improve working and living conditions. For over fifteen years RMM has coordinated the statewide Justice for Farmworkers Legislative Campaign that has sought to ensure that the voice of the workers is heard at the policy-making tables that impact their lives.

Experiential and popular education are key components of RMM’s efforts to strengthen rural leaders. RMM hosts the Liturgia Rural Worker Education Center in Wayne County, Spark Center in Sullivan County, and an array of leadership development programs on the eastern end of Long Island.

Youth Empowerment
Since the 1980s, we have been firmly committed to empowering rural children to create opportunities for themselves while at the same time learning how to change their world. Our programs offer a variety of experiences that nurture awareness, creativity, problem-solving and leadership development. Our youth travel for many miles from isolated communities in order to develop and lead their own programs. In the process, they internalize the concepts of self-worth and hope.