Justice at Work (formerly Friends of Farmworkers)

Philadelphia, PA

This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization.  This fellowship has been awarded to Alejandro Macias-Urias from Southern University Law Center.

The mission of 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' right 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.

The Peggy Browning Fellow will support our casework by conducting legal research and writing, drafting pleadings and other legal materials, and assisting with client interviews.  The Fellow will also assist with our community education and outreach to farm labor camps, community groups, and to schools with students whose families do farm work, and participate in local and state-level advocacy.

The Peggy Browning Fellow at Justice at Work will spend time assisting on civil litigation as well as immigration related matters.  This will involve extensive client contact and the ability to gain valuable experience working at the intersection between immigration and employment law.

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, including Tagalog, Chin, Burmese, Cantonese or Khmer, will also be considered. The Peggy Browning Fellow will assist on individual cases that include a great deal of client contact. There will be exposure to public advocacy, outreach and client education.

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

www.justiceatworklegalaid.org

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