Day laborers represent a vulnerable population on many fronts. Challenges for day laborers in this region include transportation issues and language barriers. Day Laborers face stress due to extreme poverty, caused by irregular employment, struggles to pay for basics such as rent and food, and sending remittances to their countries of origin. All of these factors contribute to the vulnerability of day laborers, making the need for a centralized resource, such as the Graton Day Labor Center, essential for day Laborers and their families. The Graton Day Labor Center is a diverse workers' center. On any day, varying indigenous languages from Mexico may be represented, including Chatino, Huave, Mixtec, Zapotec, Nahuatl, as well as various Maya/Mayan languages.
"It's hard being here, I definitely feel strange sometimes. When I arrived to Graton, I immediately wanted to return to Oaxaca. When it only took me two months to pay off my $2,000 debt to arrive, I figured I should stay. At home, there are literally no sources from which to earn income." Modesto
"I witnessed firsthand, the impacts of Globalization and trade agreements between Mexico and US on my municipality. Small farms that once produced enough crops to feed ones family and sell to make a living closed because they could no longer compete with large scale corporate firms." Rogelio