CATA – The Farmworkers Support Committee, is a non-profit organization founded by migrant farmworkers in southern New Jersey in 1979. Since then CATA has expanded and now works with the Latino immigrant community in New Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and along the Delmarva Peninsula in Maryland. We are a membership organization open to the Latino immigrant community. CATA’s work focuses on issues of workers’ rights and health and safety, immigration, and food justice. Every CATA member has a voice and a vote in the decision-making of the organization and the CATA Board of Directors evaluates the programs and determines the priorities for their development. CATA’s programs are based on the Popular Education Methodology, which actively involve members in the process of social change. Projects and campaigns are undertaken with the goal of achieving meaningful and lasting improvements rather than mere reforms to a legal and economic system that is structurally biased against them. CATA’s goal is to empower and educate its members through leadership development and capacity building so that they are able to make informed decisions regarding the best course of action for their interests.
The Mission of CATA is to empower farmworkers and immigrant workers to fight for their rights so they can live a full life. We work together to achieve safe working and living conditions, fair wages, and to be treated with respect and dignity.