Hidden away in mostly rural areas of the country, poultry processing plants largely rely on immigrant labor to process the poultry that feeds the country. This backbreaking work is already highly dangerous, but when you add COVID-19 to the picture, the job becomes deadly—and undocumented workers have fewer workplace protections. This series explores the dangerous working conditions immigrant women in rural Central North Carolina face working for Mountaire Farms during the pandemic.
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The coronavirus has been particularly deadly for low-income people of color, especially Latinx people and immigrant communities—the same communities that account for a significant portion of the workforce at meat processing plants nationwide.