Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project

Ayuda para Trabajadores
Chicago, IL

This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization. This fellowship has been awarded to Sayra Contreras from John Marshall Law School.

The mission of the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) - Ayuda para Trabajadores -  is to improve working conditions for migrant and seasonal workers in Illinois, including low-income farmworkers, nursery workers, greenhouse workers, landscapers, snow plowing workers, packinghouse workers, cannery workers, and meat and poultry workers and their households. FLAP carries out this mission through through outreach, litigation, community legal education, community education, information and referrals and partnering with other organizations to fight human labor trafficking.

FLAP provides all categories of workers in agriculture, horticulture, food production, nursery work, snow plowing and landscaping in Northern Illinois with:

  • Professional counsel, individual representation, and litigation services, especially issues relating to the workplace;
  • Workshops on legal rights, provided in Spanish and in convenient and safe locations including the Mexican Consulate in Chicago;
  • Advocacy before local, state, and federal agencies;
  • Protection of civil and constitutional rights against intrusion by the government or private parties'
  • Promotion of health, safety, and well-being.

The Peggy Browning Fellow's assignments will include:

  • Support litigation
  • Conduct outreach
  • Do community education presentations about workers' rights
  • Conduct legal research
  • Compose memoranda
  • Draft complaints and other pleadings, discovery, and settlement agreements
  • Investigate claims, gather facts from clients, answer clients' substantive and procedural questions
  • Provide courtroom support
  • Compile databases
  • Maintain client files
  • Analyze legal claims
  • Calculate damages
  • Observe in Court
  • Do intakes
  • Interact with low-income workers

For this position, preference will be given to those who speak Spanish. Applicants must answer the following questions in their cover letter:  

  • When can you start and when will be your end date? (Please note that you must be able to complete the full 10 weeks of the fellowship and attend the Migrant Law and outreach training from May 29th to May 31st from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) The Fellow will be based in Downtown Chicago and will do Knot your Rights Presentations two days a week at the Mexican Consulate office in Chicago
  • Will you have a second job?  If so, please explain. (We have to check any conflict of interest)
  • Would you request any days off during your fellowship?  If so, please explain.
  • Do you speak Spanish?

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

Address cover letter to:

Alexandra Sossa, Executive Director
Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project
33 N. LaSalle #900
Chicago, IL 60602

Click here for Alexandra Sossa's Facebook page.

Click here for FLAP's Facebook page.