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)- Ayuda para Trabajadores is the only organization providing free legal services specifically to workers in agriculture, horticulture, food production, restaurant and landscaping industries in Illinois regardless of their immigration status.

FLAP’s mission is to improve working conditions for immigrants, migrant, and seasonal workers including low-income farmworkers, landscapers, snow plow workers, packinghouse workers, cannery workers, restaurant and meat and poultry workers. FLAP carries out this mission through outreach, community education, community legal education, litigation, information and referrals and partnering with other organizations to fight human labor trafficking. FLAP files wage and hour claims directly in-house and refers all manner of other claims to area attorneys 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 conducting intakes; answering clients’ substantive and procedural questions, doing damage calculations 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 the organization outreach and/or community legal education doing Know your Rights presentations at the Mexican Consulate in Chicago, as well as attend meetings and/or events with other law firms and community organizations.

Applicants should be responsible and very sensitive to the legal problems faced by immigrants, especially wage-theft and hazardous working conditions. Spanish language skills are required.

This agency is approved to host Graduate Fellows.

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