Farmworker dies; others mobilize march, protest


Last updated 8/18/2017 at 11:28am

SUMAS, Wash. – Farmworkers and community members are demanding accountability from Sarbanand Farms in Whatcom County, after a migrant farmworker died there recently.

Workers say Honesto Silva Ibarra complained to his employer about feeling ill before he collapsed in the fields last week. Ibarra took himself to a hospital in Seattle, where he fell into a coma and died on Sunday.

About 100 workers drawing attention to what they say are unsafe work conditions at Sarbanand Farms were fired over the weekend. All are here on H2A or guest-worker visas.

Rosalinda Guillen, executive director of Co...

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