HUD is working with other federal agencies to reach out to partners everywhere to help improve the housing and communities of migrant/farmworkers and people living in colonias. The Federal Interagency Legal Working Group for Colonias and Migrant Farmworker Issues has formed to help local groups - including legal aid groups -across the nation address the unique needs of these people. This legal aid initiative is part of HUD's Southwest Border Region, Colonias and Migrant/Farmworker Initiatives (SWBR).
Why Do We Need The Working Group? Residents of colonias and migrant farmworker communities face unique legal issues ranging from discrimination based on national origin to predatory lending and illegal land sales. Legal aid associations, and other local organizations working in these communities, have expressed the need for increased federal attention on the legal issues facing theses communities.
What Will We Do? The goal of the initiative is to connect federal, state, and local government agencies and community organizations, such as legal aid groups, to discuss and solve legal problems that impact colonias and migrant farmworker communities. By working together, the government can be more effective in addressing these problems and enforcing laws.
How Can You Participate? If you work with people who live in colonias or farmworkers and you have a question or issue to bring to the Working Group, send us an email. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Be sure to include your name and a phone number so we can contact you for more information.
Do you have questions or suggestions about our Working Group? Let us know.
Here are the current members of the Federal Interagency Legal Working Group for Colonias and Farmworker Issues. If you are a federal attorney working on these issues and you would like to join the group, please let us know.