Justice at Work (formerly Friends of Farmworkers)

Pittsburgh, PA

This is the 2021 fellowship description for this mentor organization.

The mission of Justice at Work (formerly Friends of Farmworkers) is to support low wage workers as they pursue economic and social justice. We provide direct legal services for claims arising out of employment to workers throughout Pennsylvania and also to organizations whose members are client-eligible workers and their families. Many of our clients are migrant and immigrant workers.  Our clients work in a variety of industries, such as agriculture, food processing, and landscaping.  In addition to direct legal services, Justice at Work engages in outreach, education, and advocacy.

Our areas of focus include minimum wage and wage payment problems; unsafe or unhealthy work conditions; substandard housing for groups of workers; employment or housing discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, pregnancy, disability or familial status; protection of workers' rights to engage in protected concerted activity; retaliation for exercising legal rights; establishment of eligibility rights to public benefits; and limited representation related to immigration status. We also have specialized programs to assist victims of labor trafficking,  women in the low-wage workforce, and victims of notario fraud. We have a medical legal partnership with Puentes de Salud medical clinic in Philadelphia. We also represent many workers present in the U.S. on non-immigrant visas.

While Justice at Work's primary office is in Philadelphia, this fellowship placement is in our Pittsburgh office, which predominately serves migrant workers throughout Western Pennsylvania. The Peggy Browning Fellow will work with our Pittsburgh attorneys on individual cases that involve a great deal of client contact and networking with other local attorneys and legal service organizations. There will be exposure to public advocacy, outreach, and client education.

Projects for the Pittsburgh-based PBF Summer Fellow may also include assisting with our community education and outreach to farm labor camps (if safety permits), community groups, and schools with students whose families do farm work; completing presentations about our services at local organizations; and participating in local and state-level advocacy.

Students with strong written and spoken Spanish language skills and demonstrated interest in low-income communities are encouraged to apply. Candidates with other language skills will also be considered.

In 2020, Peggy Browning Fellows hired by JAW worked remotely due to the pandemic. While we hope to have an in-office experience in 2021, we will follow public health guidelines.

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

Address cover letter to:

Liz Chacko, Deputy Director
Justice at Work
990 Spring Garden Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19123


Did you know Friends of Farmworkers recently changed its name?  Find out why here.