Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Latin American Studies (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Ariel Armony

Second Committee Member

Margarita Rodriguez

Third Committee Member

Alejandro Portes


In this thesis I propose to gain greater knowledge on the factors that have shaped the current human right violations on adequate health care and proper education occurring in Immokalee, Florida. Contrary to popular belief, this is not only a legal right that should be given to U.S. citizens, but also a human right that should be granted to all regardless of immigration status. According to the Universal Declaration of the United Nations all persons are entitled to basic human rights including health care and education. By using such terminology as "adequate" and "proper", it will emphasize the gravity of their crisis by showing how not enough is being done to implement the Declaration and address this problem. This thesis conveys and tries to show the value of an undocumented person as a subject and not merely as an object. I intend to show the disparity of treatment of undocumented workers throughout history and focus on Immokalee, Florida and the barriers they face due to their social crisis with respect to health and education there. In particular, I explore how the role of the anti-immigrant sentiment has enabled an environment for human right violations.


Immokalee; farm workers; human rights; social justice; undocumented workers; health and education