Make the Road New York

Legal Department
New York area (Brooklyn), NY

This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization. This fellowship has been awarded to Kimberly Rodriguez from Northeastern University School of Law.

Make the Road New York (MRNY) is a grassroots organization that builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services, which includes legal services.  With nearly 22,000 members - primarily low-income Latino immigrants - and community centers in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, and Westchester, MRNY organizes around the issues most pressing for the communities we serve:  workplace justice, tenants' rights, immigrant civil rights, transgender, gender nonconforming, intersex, and queer (TGNCIQ rights, youth power, health care access, and public education.  Our Legal Department, which consists of more than 30 attorneys, paralegals and advocates, provides a range of civil legal services in the areas of employment law, immigration law, housing, TGNCIQ rights, public benefits and health. We have specialized in workplace justice legal services for more than a decade, in particular focusing on and developing expertise in combatting systemic wage theft and workplace discrimination.

MRNY seeks a Peggy Browning Fellow to join our Workplace Justice team, an integrated team of community organizers and lawyers working on the front lines with immigrant workers facing exploitation on the job.  The Fellow will have the opportunity both to develop key advocacy skills (client interviewing, litigation, policy, and legal  research skills), while also working closely with our organizers to envision, develop, and support campaigns designed to improve working conditions for low-wage workers.  Make the Road focuses in particular on combatting wage theft among workers, including running campaigns against employers as well as legal advocacy to recover unpaid wages.

The Fellow will interview workers to identify legal claims, partner with their supervising attorneys to develop an advocacy strategy, and move forward with cases.  The Fellow will be exposed to the range of legal work, from intake with workers, direct negotiation to settle cases, administrative complaints, to federal litigation and collaborating with key government agencies that enforce labor laws in New York.  The Fellow will also have a chance to work on policy campaigns, including legislative campaigns to improve protections for workers in New York. The Fellow should be bilingual in Spanish and English to facilitate meaningful client contact.

The Fellow will meet the range of MRNY partners in the workplace justice field, including other legal services providers engaged in employment work, government allies, national policy organizations, and other community-based groups advocating for workers.  All summer interns receive intensive in-house training on the substantive issues they work on.

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

Address cover letter to:

Elizabeth Jordan
Make the Road New York
301 Grove Street
Brooklyn, NY 11237

www.maketheroadny.org