- Migrant Clinicians Network
- Board Member
Wilson Augustave was born into a Haitian immigrant family in Nassau, Bahamas. Due to increasing deportation activities and violence against Haitians, his family migrated to a farmworker community on the local island of Abaco, Bahamas. There they harvested cucumbers, tomatoes, and sugar cane. The family migrated to South Florida in 1981. Due to not having marketable skills, his family joined the Eastern migrant circuit. Along with his family, Mr. Augustave harvested oranges and watermelon in Florida, peaches and watermelon in Georgia, watermelons in Missouri, and autumn apples in Upstate New York, after which the family returned home to Avon Park, Florida. In 1992, Mr. Augustave found a position outside of farmwork with the Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project in the Finger Lakes region of New York where he hoped to make a positive impact in the lives of farmworkers. He became a strong advocate for all farmworkers, including the Haitian, African American, and Jamaican communities. Through his decades of service with Migrant Health Care and Federally Qualified Health Centers, he was blessed by his peers and the farmworkers. He has proudly served on local and national boards, participating as an active voice on cultural awareness, barriers to care, working conditions, and best practices to address the needs of our nation’s farmworkers. Mr. Augustave is currently a small business owner/employer, certified HIV/AIDS and STD counselor, pesticide trainer, substance abuse educator, former cultural diversity apprentice, and case manager. He is currently performing health outreach and case management to migrant workers and low income community members in the Finger Lakes region.