Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project - FLAP

Ayuda para Trabajadores
Chicago, IL

This is the 2021 fellowship description for this mentor organization.

The mission of the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) - Proyecto de Ayuda para Trabajadores del Campo y Jardineros -  is to improve working conditions for low-income workers and their households in the following industries: cannery, farms, greenhouse, landscaping, meat, nursery, packinghouse, poultry, restaurants and snow plowing.

The organization carries out this mission through community outreach and education, litigation, community legal education, information and referrals,  partnering with other organizations to fight human labor trafficking, preventing family separations by helping immigrants secure dual citizenship for their children, and facilitating the access to cash transfers to very low-income populations.

Assignments of the Peggy Browning Fellow will be supporting litigation 50% of the time and community outreach and education the other 50% building potential cases for litigation. Because of COVID-19, the fellow will be expected to work remotely.

Duties will include:

  • Conduct legal research
  • Compose memoranda
  • Draft complaints and other pleadings, discovery, and settlement agreements
  • Investigate and analyze legal claims, gather facts from clients, answer clients' substantive and procedural questions
  • Compile databases
  • Maintain client files
  • Calculate damages
  • Doing Know your Rights presentations daily.  Because of the pandemic, they are usually done online using Facebook Live and ZOOM. For those applicants living in Illinois, there is a possibility that few of them will be done at the Mexican Consulate offices in Chicago, churches and other non-profit organizations in Illinois.

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? You must be able to complete the full 10 weeks of the fellowship.
     
  • Will you have a second job?  If so, please explain. (We have to check any conflict of interest)
     
  • 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
asossa@flapillinois.org

Additional information available at FLAP's website at:  http://www.flapillinois.org or visit all major social media channels @flapillinois

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