Agricultural Worker Health
Since 2002, CRLAF's Agricultural Worker Health Project has combined community outreach, leadership development, and policy and legal advocacy to help immigrant and farm worker communities improve their health and safety throughout the Central Valley and in rural, isolated, and poor communities elsewhere in the state.
We seek to improve the health of farmworker communities by advocating to improve working conditions in the agricultural industry. We also represent workers in impact litigation and file amicus briefs in select cases.
Julia Montgomery is an attorney and the Agricultural Worker Health Project Director for CRLA Foundation. She has held that position since 2002, and previously worked as a staff attorney and Directing Attorney in various field offices for California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. Ms. Montgomery is a bilingual, Spanish-speaking attorney who specializes in representing low-wage immigrant workers. She has advocated for farmworker rights for over a decade before administrative agencies, state court and federal court. Her advocacy during the past several years alone has helped return nearly $4 million dollars in unpaid wages to farmworkers. She has also served as lead counsel on several complex lawsuits that achieved significant improvements in workplace and housing conditions, including cases involving sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law. Ms. Montgomery is a 1996 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Shannon Going is a Staff Attorney working with both the Immigration and the Labor and Employment Law Projects. Shannon has experience in family-based immigration, obtaining nonimmigrant status for qualifying victims of crime, and general litigation. Shannon speaks Spanish and English. Prior to law school, Shannon assisted low-wage immigrant workers with workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. During law school, Shannon worked in the U.C. Davis Immigration Law clinic representing clients facing removal proceedings, co-wrote an appeal brief to the Ninth Circuit, and successfully represented a juvenile in Immigration Court in San Francisco. Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego, cum laude, and graduated in the top 15% of her law school class at the University of California, Davis.