New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice

Legal Department
New Orleans, LA

This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization. 

About the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

Against the backdrop of a political economy that pitted communities of color against each other after Hurricane Katrina, a group of Black and immigrant workers came together to build a new freedom movement: multi-racial, committed to racial, gender and immigrant justice, and dedicated to telling a new story about possibility in the South.  NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity.

Peggy Browning Fellows at NOWCRJ

The Peggy Browning Fellow at the New Orleans' Workers Center for Racial Justice will assist in the direct representation of members in labor and immigration claims, including unpaid wages, U visa, T visa, and asylum claims. Tasks include legal research, interviewing clients and witnesses, sometimes in detention facilities, drafting immigration applications and drafting briefs. 

The Fellow will also assist in ongoing or planned impact litigation, such as our current case challenging Louisiana for refusing marriage licenses to immigrants who cannot produce a birth certificate. Finally, the Fellow will conduct research for NOWCRJ policy projects, which may include looking at the criminalization of poverty through municipal fines and fees, barriers to employment for Black New Orleans residents, forced labor, immigration enforcement policy, or supply chains.  Being a Peggy Browning Fellow at NOWCRJ is also an excellent opportunity to be exposed to an active law and organizing practice. 

It's an exciting and critical time to be involved in advocating for racial justice, especially in the South.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to apply.


Commitment to legal practice in a way that empowers collective vision and action by low-income workers and communities of color; self-starter; excellent written and oral communication skills . Experience in immigration, labor, employment or civil rights law a plus. And bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus (please indicate level of fluency in resume or cover letter).

The total ten-week stipend for this fellowship will be $6,000.

Address cover letter to:

Mary Yanik, Staff Attorney/Liman Legal Fellow
New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice
217 N. Prieur Street
New Orleans, LA 70112