Justice at Work (formerly Friends of Farmworkers)

Philadelphia, PA

This is the 2022 fellowship description for this mentor organization.The position has been filled.

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: wage theft; employment discrimination; labor trafficking; occupational health and safety; and, concerted protected activity. We have specialized programs to assist survivors 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. If public health conditions permit, the 2022 Fellow may also potentially 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 PBF Fellow at Justice at Work will spend time assisting on civil litigation as well as immigration related matters. This will involve 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 serving low-income communities are encouraged to apply. Candidates with other language skills 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.

Justice at Work anticipates that staff members, interns, and volunteers will be working on a hybrid in-person/ in-office basis by the summer of 2022.

The total ten-week stipend for this fellowship will be $7,000.

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.