Farmworker Justice

Farmworker Justice, along with its partners, will develop a community mobilization demonstration project in California and Florida entitled Unidos Eliminando Barreras para la Prevenión de Cáncer de la Piel (United Eliminating Barriers to Skin Cancer Prevention). This project will promote community integration of skin cancer services and reduce the impact of skin cancer among farmworkers and their families.


Rates of melanoma have tripled in the United States in the last 30 years. The living and working conditions for farmworkers expose them to prolonged hours of ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) and increase their risks for skin cancer.

Migrant farmworkers and their families number approximately 4.5 million in the U.S. and nearly 20% are receiving medical care at federally-qualified migrant and community health centers. Many of these workers are Latino immigrants who are often uninsured and speak limited English with inadequate education and awareness of their risks for skin cancer.


Farmworker Justice (FJ) is a national service and advocacy organization seeking to improve the health and working conditions for over 300 Latino and Latino-serving communities in the U.S.

FJ will launch community projects in San Diego, CA and Homestead, FL where they will work with migrant and community health centers to raise awareness about skin cancer, increase access to skin care health services, and develop a sustainable program to disseminate information.

Community advocates, known as Promotores de salud, will be trained to assist community members in navigating through health resources and access to care. Patients in need of referrals and treatment services will be referred to the NCI Comprehensive Cancer Centers partnering with Farmworker Justice — University of California San Diego Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership and University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center — for further management.

Project Leader

Carlos A. Ugarte,


  • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Moores UCSD Cancer Center
  • University of Miami Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health