Hillsboro Farmworker Office Staff

hillsjulieJulie Samples joined OLC in 2001 as a staff attorney.  She became managing attorney of the newly-created Hillsboro Farmworker Office in 2008.  Julie supervises the office’s legal work, conducts outreach and community presentations, and represents farmworkers on a full range of legal matters.  Julie enjoys collaborating with farmworkers as they seek to improve their living and working conditions and serve their communities.  She has been the Project Coordinator of the Prevent and Reduce Adverse Health Effects of Pesticides on Indigenous Farmworkers since 2004 and has contributed to several articles published in peer-reviewed journals and serves on the Governor’s Environmental Justice Task Force.  She also serves as the Project Manager of the Project Against Workplace Sexual Assault of Indigenous Farmworkers.  Raised in Ohio, Julie came to Portland to attend law school and was with OLC from 2001-2003 through a Ford Foundation (New Voices) Fellowship. She received her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School and her undergraduate degree from Earlham College. Outside of work, Julie enjoys ultimate Frisbee and reading.


Valentin photoValentin C. Sanchez joined the Oregon Law Center in 2002, first working in the Woodburn Farmworker Office and now in the Hillsboro Farmworker office.  Valentin is a community educator in the Farmworker Program.  He speaks Mixteco, Spanish and English.  A former farmworker in California and Oregon, Valentin provides community education to farmworkers in Oregon and conducts outreach at places where farmworkers live and gather.  He enjoys serving farmworkers and remains connected to the issues farmworkers face not only through his work but because his parents are current farmworkers.  He has created radio announcements and sociodramas in Spanish and Mixteco, is a skilled facilitator and presenter and assists attorneys in the office with case-related work.  He has worked on all three phases of the Prevent and Reduce Adverse Health Effects of Pesticides on Indigenous Farmworkers and is a co-author of several peer-reviewed articles regarding this work.  Outside of work, Valentin enjoys spending time with his family, photography, and playing sports.