Welcome to Rural & Migrant Ministry
Since 1981 Rural & Migrant Ministry, a statewide, non-profit organization, has been standing proudly with the rural and migrant communities throughout New York.
We act to overcome the prejudices and poverty that degrade and debilitate people within rural New York by building communities that celebrate diversity, achieve true mutuality and fight for dignity and opportunity to all.
We work with rural leaders, both young and older, who are committed to equality and cooperative opportunity, especially within agricultural systems. We also support people in faith, labor and university communities who seek to stand with rural leaders as allies.
Rural & Migrant Ministry works for the creation of a just, rural New York State through:
- Nurturing leadership
- Standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers
- Changing unjust systems and structures
RMM implements its Mission through three program areas:
Through the Accompaniment Program, RMM accompanies rural workers – especially farmworkers – who seek to improve working and living conditions. For over twenty years RMM has coordinated the statewide Justice for Farmworkers Legislative Campaign seeking to ensure that the voice of the workers is heard at the policy-making tables that impact their lives. In 2019, Governor Cuomo signed the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, removing the exclusion of farmworkers from New York State Labor Laws.
Experiential and Popular Education are key components of RMM’s efforts to strengthen rural leaders. RMM hosts the Liturgia Rural Worker Education Center in Wayne County, Spark Center in Sullivan County, and the Amandla Rural Worker Education Center in Riverhead, on the eastern end of Long Island.
Since the 1980s, we have been firmly committed to empowering rural children to create opportunities for themselves while at the same time learning how to change their world. Our programs offer a variety of experiences that nurture awareness, creativity, problem-solving and leadership development. Our youth travel many miles from isolated communities in order to develop and lead their own out-of-school programs. In the process, they internalize the concepts of self-worth and hope.