Blanca A. Bañuelos

Co-Director, Migrant Unit, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

Blanca A. Bañuelos is the Co-Director of the Migrant Unit for the California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA). Bañuelos graduated from Loyola Law School in December 2003 and has been with CRLA since June 2004. Prior to CRLA, Bañuelos held numerous clerkships with social justice organizations and has litigated dozens of cases, including cases under California’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) and California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL).

She represents agricultural workers in wage and hour, wrongful termination and sexual harassment cases. Bañuelos was one of the attorneys in Arias v. Raimondo, (860 F.3d 1185), where the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided that an attorney may be sued for retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The case was a victory for workers across the country.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Chasing the Harvest in the Heat

Sep 19 2017 - 6:30pm

Rising temperatures are making hard outdoor jobs even harder. It is the kind of heat that will ground airplanes and melt rail lines, and health experts say agricultural workers are especially vulnerable, as they are already one of the most economically disadvantaged groups.

This is a conversation on how rising temperatures are changing the way our food is grown and the choices we have at the grocery store.