Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center

Las Vegal, NV

This is the 2020 fellowship description for this mentor organization. The application deadline for this fellowship is February 14, 2020.

Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center facilitates efforts for immigrants and low income workers to raise up their collective voice and fight for equality, economic justice and social and political inclusion. We are a membership-based organization led by and for our membership.

Arriba Las Vegas primarily organizes day laborers, domestic workers, and low wage immigrant workers in the construction industry. Our membership is approximately 90% latino and immigrant, and we primarily organize in the Mexican, Salvadoran, and Honduran communities based in Las Vegas, NV.

We are excited to host a Peggy Browning Fellow in order to provide a dynamic experience for students who may become future worker center attorneys. Hosting a Fellow would allow a significant increase in capacity for our small and growing organization. A Fellow's activities will reflect their skills and interests, but will include case support services, research, and learning opportuinties alongside local attorneys and National Day Laborer Organizing Network legal staff. While we hope to increase our capacity in a way that benefits our members, we also specifically aim to provide student develolpment opportunities that encourage and support the student to transition post-graduation into a field related to worker center organizing.

Assignments for a Peggy Browning Fellow will include: intakes and client facing communication in partnership with organizing staff; preparing and supporting workers with pro-se filings, through the Office of the Labor Commissioner, DOL and/or small claims court; supporting worker delegations through our community mediation and organizing process; legal research projects related to legislation and codification of legislation; record requests and analysis of results as part of advocacy through inquiry campaign efforts; court support for individuals; development of updated know your rights materials, and regularly KYR sessions in collaboration with organizing staff.

Preference for Spanish biligual candidates. We expect the Fellow to learn from organizing staff and from our members about developing successful collaborations between community organizing and legal strategies.

In addition to any opportunities provided by PBF, we will work to include the Peggy Browning Fellow in learning opportunties locally and nationally. We expect our fellow to work alongside mentor Leon Greenberg, who specializes in class action wage and overtime cases, and who would provide weekly mentorship. We also anticipate that the Fellow will benefit substantially from shadowing and regular coaching from the legal team at the National Day Laborer organizing network, including Cal Soto on labor law and organizing and Oscar Londono on civil cases. The Fellow should expect at least one trip to Los Angeles or nationally to an NDLON sponsored event or convening.

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

Address cover letter to:

Bliss Requa-Trautz
Arriba Las Vegal Worker Center
1948 E Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104