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MI Interagency Migrant Services Committee
Formed in 1972, the Michigan Interagency Migrant Services Committee (IMSC) is the longest running interagency group for coordination of services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the nation. The IMSC is a forum for statewide coordination of service delivery to farmworkers, encompassing employment, education, health care, public benefits, legal services, and other assistance.
Membership is comprised of state and federal agencies that provide direct or indirect services to this population, non-profits and educational institutions, research groups, and representatives of grower interests. The structure of the IMSC includes the following:
- Convening monthly meetings. Establishing and maintaining subcommittees for specific projects and areas of concern.
- Sharing agency information through agency updates.
- Providing technical assistance and mutual support to member agencies in their work with farmworkers/farm labor issues through cross-education and other means.
- Promoting exchange of information between the IMSC and MRCs.
- Making recommendations to policy makers regarding migrant programs.
- Educating the general public and policy makers about farmworkers and farm labor issues.