Tapestri Inc. Call for Applicants: Farmworker Outreach Coordinator

Position: Farmworker Outreach Coordinator, Full-Time
Position Available: October 1, 2017

Mission
Tapestri Inc. is dedicated to ending violence and oppression in refugee and immigrant communities, using culturally competent and appropriate methods. As advocates for immigrant and refugee families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation, Tapestri Inc. is committed to using education, community organizing, direct services and advocacy to improve the lives of those it serves.

General Description
This position will work in collaboration with the Georgia Legal Services Program, Farmworker Rights Division to provide specialized outreach to the farmworker community in South Georgia including Glynn, Bacon, Grady, Appling and Colquitt County with a focus to identify victims of human trafficking and provide them with information and referrals to services. The outreach coordinator will have an office in metro Atlanta and will be responsible for weekly travel to counties listed above.

Responsibilities
• Develop a monthly outreach plan in collaboration with Georgia Legal Services.
• Conduct weekly outreach activities in South Georgia
• Facilitate referrals of farmworkers to appropriate legal or social services providers as needed
• Develop and maintain a tracking system for outreach activities
• Assist in developing and distributing outreach material (e.g. fliers, pamphlets)
• Participate in community outreach events
• Attend Agriculture Task Force meetings on a quarterly basis

Qualifications
• Minimum education of a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree in Latin American Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology or Psychology – Other majors will be considered in addition to work experience
• Background-cleared
• Familiarity with issues of refugee and immigrant victims
• Bilingual (Spanish) required
• Good writing skills
• Familiarity with MS Office
• Flexible schedule including evenings and weekends
• Reliable transportation and willingness to travel throughout the state of Georgia
• Salary $38,000 plus benefits

Application Process
Please submit your resume and cover letter to vanisa@tapestri.org.

 

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Farmworker Law Internships

The Farmworker Rights Division of Georgia Legal Services seeks law students to join our advocacy on behalf of farmworkers.  Our unit advocates and litigates on behalf of Georgia’s farmworkers.  Our clients frequently experience significant wage violations, discrimination, wrongful termination, and other broken promises.  We litigate cases aggressively, impacting practices that affect both low-wage immigrant workers and their domestic counterparts.  See, e.g., Tomason v. Stanley, 297 F.R.D. 541 (S.D. Ga. 2014); Hernandez v. Hendrix Produce, Inc., 297 F.R.D. 538 (S.D. Ga. 2014); Ojeda-Sanchez v. Bland Farms, 600 F.Supp.2d 1373 (S.D. Ga. Mar. 4, 2009).

Our work has received national media attention.  Coverage of our cases can be found in The New York Times, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, National Public Radio, and Dan Rather Reports. You can find links to news articles here.  See, e.g., Ethan Bronner, Workers Claim Race Bias as Farms Rely on Immigrants, N.Y. Times, May 6, 2013.  We have litigated cases with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which has led to efforts in Congress to defund our organization.  See, e.g., Dana Milbank, How Rep. Scott Betrayed His Tea Party Roots, Wash. Post, Aug. 9, 2011.  Due to widespread use of immigrant labor and lax government enforcement, there is no shortage of deserving clients and meritorious claims to be litigated.  Last year, we recovered over $326,000 in unpaid wages, penalties and other damages, as well as fees and costs, on behalf of 131 farmworkers. See the chart of our recoveries. As a result of our efforts, several major agricultural employers in Georgia adopted changes in practices that will benefit countless more.

Student Intern Responsibilities:  Interns will enjoy a full summer of federal litigation, legal research and writing, case planning, fact investigation, client communication, and outreach activity to the farmworker community. Summer is our busy time, as the height of the Georgia harvest season occurs from May through July.  Student interns will develop their client communication skills through direct contact with workers. Interns will investigate cases, draft affidavits, letters and pleadings, and participate in the discovery process, including electronic document review.  Previous interns have attended trials and depositions, and worked on cases involving racial and national origin discrimination, work stoppages, and serious violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Agricultural Worker Protection Act.

Supervision:  Student interns will work closely with and receive their training and assignments from attorneys Dawson Morton (NYU Law ’99), Ted Roethke(Columbia Law ’08), and Laura Rivera (Emory Law ’14).  Students will receive ongoing feedback, including mid-summer and final reviews.

Apply: Email cover letter, resume and writing sample to jobs@gafr.org.  Applications from both 1L and 2L law students will be considered.  Strong writing skills are necessary and Spanish-language skills are preferred. Students typically work from May through the end of July.

Read about Ashley Smith’s experience as an intern in summer 2010 on the NYU Law Blog.

See the updated case docket