The Migrant Farmworkers Project (MFP) was established in 1984 when the first funding for legal services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Missouri was awarded to Legal Aid of Western Missouri from the Legal Services Corporation.
MFP staff help migrant and seasonal farmworkers working in perishable fruit and vegetable crops in Missouri. The primary locations of migrant farmworkers and family members are in Lafayette County (peach and apple harvest season) and in the Bootheel (peaches and small farms with row crops, spread over a large geographic area.)
MFP staff help farmworkers with a variety of legal needs, legal education and referrals, including the following areas:
- Public benefits eligibility and access
- Education access and special services
- Immigration benefits—including naturalization, resident cards, lost documents, passport applications
- Healthcare access and eligibility
- Labor issues—compliance with federal and state safety standards, wage claims, unemployment claims
- Family law issues
- Referrals for workmen’s compensation claims, traffic tickets
- Car titles, license plates, drivers licenses
The Migrant Farmworkers Project can be reached by calling: 816-627-4813.