Services to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW)
Welcome to the Kansas Department of Commerce Regulatory Compliance Services to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers page. Here you will find information about services provided to MSFWs in Kansas and throughout the country through the U.S. Monitor Advocate System.
Monitor Advocates at the National, Regional, and State levels help to ensure that the services provided to Migrant Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFWs) are "qualitatively equivalent and quantitatively proportionate" to the services provided to other jobseekers. This means that MSFWs should receive all workforce development services, benefits and protections on an equitable and non-discriminatory basis (i.e. career guidance, testing, job development, training, and job referral).
The Monitor Advocate System is charged with:
- Ensuring equitable services for farmworkers
- Managing the Employment Service (ES) and Employment-related Law Complaint System (Complaint System)
- Implementing and sustaining a Farmworker Outreach Program
- Providing Farmworkers notification of available ES services and workers' rights
- Facilitating the Agricultural Job Order Clearance Process
- Sustaining the Monitor Advocate System
Monitor Advocates are responsible for ensuring that services provided are in accordance with federal regulations (20 C.F.R. 651-653-654-and 658) and the Workforce Investment Act (after July 1, 2015, the Monitor Advocates will be responsible for such services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).
The Monitor Advocates support the needs of farmworkers by:
- Collecting information about farmworker needs, characteristics, and concerns to improve the provision of services to farmworkers;
- Collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders, including community- and employer-based organizations;
- Ensuring that farmworkers are serviced equitably through the One-Stop Career Service Centers (American Job Centers);
- Producing annual service assessments and analyses to promote a better understanding of services to farmworkers and to highlight special efforts and accomplishments by states in serving them; and,
- Ensuring that all legal protections are afforded to farmworkers and that their complaints are promptly resolved.
Kansas Monitor Advocate Sister Site
Please see the "Kansas Monitor Advocate" sister site for up-to-date information designed for farmworkers who may be traveling to or through Kansas and are in need of services. The site includes information about programs for farmworkers, farmworkers' rights and how to make a complaint, contact information for all known programs, service maps, and a blog. The site is located at: https://kansasmonitoradvocate.wordpress.com/.
Steve Ramirez, Kansas Monitor Advocate
Phone: 785 296-5014