Congratulations to Farmworker Unit attorney Caroline DiMaio and her co-creator Edward Ingram for winning this weekend’s Hackcess to Justice event in Raleigh. Their first-place project is an app that uses GPS and other mobile technology to allow farmworkers to report health and safety violations at their worksites.
DiMaio thought of the idea because many migrant farm workers would call for help or to report complaints, but could not tell her or her colleagues in what city or county—sometimes even what state—where they were working. She recalled driving around a North Carolina town with one client trying to spot a familiar landmark so she could file a complaint on his behalf with the appropriate authorities.
With the N.C. Farmworkers’ App, migrant and seasonal farmworkers can find out what their legal rights are; collect evidence such as audio recordings or GPS coordinates of a field; and submit Occupational Safety and Health Administration complaints to the Legal Aid of N.C. with an email or voice mail.