New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice

Legal Department
New Orleans, LA

This is the 2020 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 legal work that supports member-driven campaigns. Our current campaigns are as follows:

  • Reducing the criminalization of poverty through enforcement of municipal and traffic fines and fees, including ending the suspension of driver's licenses (which blocks access to decent jobs);
  • Separating local law enforcement from immigration enforceent to build trust with the immigrant community so that workers and victims of crimes can safely report abuse;
  • Improving conditions in the seafood industry in Louisiana through supporting worker organizing, identifying labor violations, and facilitating reporting to labor agencies of those violations

Tasks include legal research and drafting policy recommendations or legislation, interviewing clients and witnesses to identify their possible legal claims, and preparing know-your-rights materials to educate and inform members on legal processes. Being a Peggy Browning Fellow at NOWCRJ is also an excellent opportunity to be exposed to an activec 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