The Colorado Bracero Project

The Colorado Bracero Project is a collaboration with the Institute of Oral History at the University of Texas El Paso and the Bracero History Project at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The Bracero Program was an international contract labor program created in 1942 between the United States and Mexican governments in response to U.S. World War II labor shortages. The program allowed between 4.5 and 5 million Mexican farm laborers into the United States as contract labor over a 22-year period. The Bracero Program was officially terminated in 1964.

Under the leadership of Dr. Priscilla Falcón, a faculty member in Mexican American Studies in UNC’s Hispanic Studies Program, and Dr. Elizabeth Franklin, a faculty member in UNC's Hispanic Studies Program, the Colorado Bracero Project will conduct interviews with former braceros still living in the area, investigate and document the migrant camps in northern Colorado, support and supervise student research on this topic, and create archives of interviews and other documents.

Meet the braceros

Mauro FloresJose Gonzalez
Ruben RamerizPedro Rodriguez