Public Interest Law Initiative


Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP)

Address:

33 N. LaSalle Street # 900
Chicago, IL 60602

Contact: Alexandra Sossa

Website: http://www.flapillinois.org

Program:

The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) is the only organization providing legal services specifically to all categories of workers in agriculture, horticulture, food production, and landscaping in Illinois.

FLAP’s mission is to improve working conditions for immigrants, migrant, and seasonal workers in the agricultural and landscaping industries in Illinois; including low-income farmworkers, landscapers, snow plow workers, packinghouse workers, cannery workers, and meat and poultry workers. FLAP carries out this mission through outreach, community education, community legal education, litigation, and referrals. FLAP files wage and hour claims directly in-house and refers all manner of other claims to area atorneys and agencies.

A FLAP PILI fellow will be engaged in actively supporting and engaging in litigation: legal research writing, drafting all manner of pleadings including complaints, motion practice, discovery, and settlement agreements, investigating claims and gathering facts from clients; answering clients’ substantive and procedural questions, appearing in court, and other work related to our wage and hour cases primarily filed in federal court. The fellow will also have the opportunity to engage in outreach and/or community education, as well as attend meetings and/or events with other advocacy and community organizations.

Applicants should be responsible and very sensitive to the legal problems faced by immigrants, landscapers and migrant farmworkers, especially wage-theft and hazardous working conditions. Spanish language skills are not required but are strongly preferred.

This agency is approved to host Graduate Fellows in 2017.

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