Farmworker Justice

Washington, DC

This is the fellowship description for this mentor organization for 2020.

Farmworker Justice is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that seeks to empower farmworkers to improve their wages and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice. Our mission is realized through engagement with Congress, administrative agencies, the courts, the media, and farmworkers and farmworker organizations, and businesses. We provide legal and policy support to labor unions and farmworker organizing groups. We focus on three topic areas relevant to improving the conditions of farmworkers: immigration and labor rights, occupational safety, and health and access to health care.  

Farmworker Justice relies on its law clerks for important legal research and analysis, for policy advocacy and litigation, attending Congressional hearings, participating in coalition meetings, providing information to legal aid programs around the country that serve farmworkers, and other activities. The staff at FJ is very skilled and knowledgeable, resulting in a high-quality experience for summer law fellows.

We anticipate the following responsibilities for the Fellow this coming summer with the caveat that developments in government and the field require flexibility.  Major immigration policy legislation focused on agricultural workers and employers is pending in Congress, which requires extensive ongoing work by Farmworker Justice.  In addition, the House of Representatives recently passed legislation to amend employment law that would be devastating to farmworkers and other workers. We expect the Trump Administration to propose major changes to the H-2A agricultural guestworker program's wages, working conditions, government oversight which we will need to analyze and comment on.  Major immigration policy legislation may be introduced that would be direct specifically at farmworkers and their employers that we will need to analyze and comment on.  There is substantial advocacy and litigation occurring regarding actions and efforts by the Trump Environmental Protection Agency to remove and weaken pesticide safety standards for farmworkers and their children.  We are considering additional policy analysis and advocacy but there is likely to be significant work on litigation as well as corporate social responsibility projects.  There also may be developments under the Affordable Care Act and other health care access issues to address. A PBF Fellow will draft legal and policy memoranda addressing a wide variety of substantive legal issues.  

The small size of the team at Farmworker Justice will not only enable a Fellow to be a crucial asset to our efforts, but will also provide the opportunity to work directly with experienced attorneys. The Fellow will receive direct feedback from supervising attorneys and participate in the legal team’s regular meetings, as well as meetings of the full staff. By engaging in Farmworker Justice as an active member of the legal team, the Fellow will be exposed to numerous opportunities for professional development. We look forward to welcoming our sponsored Fellow onto our legal team and to the contributions they will make to our mission.

Fellows working at Farmworker Justice are encouraged to take advantage of the many meetings, conferences, Congressional and administrative hearings that take place in the Washington DC area.  Given our location in the nation's capital, there are various opportunities to learn about important labor, immigration and health issues, discuss policy with important decision makers and legislators, and connect with other advocates.  Our relationships with such groups as the AFL-CIO, UnidosUS, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, the International Labor Recruitment Working Group, public health orgganizations, immigrants' rights organizations, labor unions and many others lead to many invitations to valuable opportunities.

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

Address cover letter to:

Bruce Goldstein, President
Farmworker Justice
1126 16th Street, Suite 270
Washington, DC 20036

www.farmworkerjustice.org