Blanca A. Bañuelos is Director of the Migrant Unit for California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) where she supervises substantive advocacy and litigation in the CRLA’s six migrant offices.  Blanca was born in California’s Central Valley and her parents were both farmworkers.  Blanca graduated from Loyola Law School in December 2003.  Blanca joined CRLA in June 2004.  Blanca has worked with and on behalf of agricultural workers throughout the Central Valley for over 14 years. She is based in Stockton’s CRLA office.  Her primary focus has been workers’ rights. She has litigated cases in federal and state court relating to wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, and sexual harassment. Blanca has represented farmworkers in sexual harassment cases in both court and administrative settings (EEOC and California’s DFEH). Blanca also worked as part of a coalition with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Esperanza Project (Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative) and helped organize “Transforming Hope Into Power: The First National Conference to End Sexual Harassment Against Farmworker Women.”  She also Co-Authored “Workplace Violence and Harassment of Low-Workers” published in the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law in 2015.  Blanca frequently serves on panels regarding agricultural workers, legal issues in rural communities, employment law and civil litigation.  She is a member of the San Joaquin County Bar Association, California Employment Law Association, Coalition of Low-Wage & Immigrant Worker Advocates and National Legal Aid Defenders Association. In 2014, Blanca received a Public Interest Award from Loyola Law School and in 2018, she received the Justice Cruz Reynoso Community Service Award from the Mexican American Bar Association.

Published On: December 17, 2018
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