Conservation Training

Los Lecheros Film Discussion and Panel

May 3, 2022

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Online

Please join us for a conversation about undocumented immigrant workers in the Wisconsin dairy industry. The discussion will take place following an on-line screening of the short documentary Los Lecheros.

A collaboration between Twelve Letter Films and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Los Lecheros examines the interrelationship between undocumented immigrant workers and Wisconsin's $45 billion dairy industry, focusing on some of the workers and farmers struggling to survive amidst shifting policies. Immigrants make up over half of U.S. dairy workers. Many Wisconsin farm owners, like film protagonist John Rosenow, insist that immigrants are critical to the success of their farms. Workers, like Miguel Hernandez, who's spent 16 years on a Wisconsin dairy farm, and Guillermo Ramos, who manages a 1,000-cow farm, are weighing the options for their families and their jobs amidst fears of deportation and family separation.

The panel will discuss policies and new developments around work visas, as well as the powerful personal relationships farmers in Wisconsin are building with families in Mexico. All registrants will receive the link to watch the film.