Neissly Tapia is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, in the beautiful Tarahumara mountains. She is the youngest of nine children born to Jose and Maria Tapia. When she was 15, she came to this beautiful country, and experienced a range of different emotions. Although she had lived her whole life in different places in northern Mexico because her parents were missionaries, now she experienced a different set of barriers like learning to live in a new culture with a different language.
In spite of adversity, with the help of her family and high school teachers, she was able to conquer fear and break the language barrier. Through the years, she has discovered that serving the community is her passion, especially the migrant community, because she has experienced their fears and needs herself.
Now that she is part of the Farmworkers’ Project, she has the opportunity to serve the farmworker community in different ways, like providing information about the Affordable Care Act, and, when possible, helping farmworkers to enroll in health insurance. She also provides assistance and information to farmworkers to help them maintain their health insurance. At the end of the season, she helps workers cancel their policies.