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Latino farm workers silent minority in SWGA

May 7, 2003

Ellenton-- A Los Angeles-based think tank hopes to give a voice to a silent minority in Southwest Georgia.

In Ellenton, a small community in Colquitt County, Latino farm workers are bused in for lunch at a local restaurant. Down the street, Bobby Lee Vargo from the National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute in L.A., talked about the problems facing these very people.

"The Latinos in this area represent a silent minority, they really do not have a voice. I think the people at this meeting can give them that voice. There's a lot of people here that can help in many ways." People from Southwest Georgia schools, hospitals, and banks met for the first time to talk about the special issues facing Latino's.

The biggest problem is the language barrier--a problem that will persist as the population continues to grow. Phoebe Putney Hospital sponsored this conference, and members of the Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute plan to return in June.

Posted at 4:29 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com