FLAP – Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project

FLAP provides landscaper and farmworker legal services across Illinois.

    Join us for the FLAP 20th Anniversary and 9th Beckman Farmworker Advocate of the Year Award — August 12th at the Lagunitas Brewing Company in Memory of Attorney Vincent Beckman III!

    Save the date for August 12th! Each year FLAP recognizes an individual and/or organization that has served as an outstanding advocate for migrant farmworkers and/or landscapers in Illinois with the “Beckman Farmworker Advocate of the Year award”. It acknowledges the contribution and impact that the recipient has had in the community. This year we're celebrating FLAP 20th anniversary and presenting the award to Margo De Ley, FLAP's co-founder. Learn more and buy a ticket to the event!

    In Loving Memory of Vincent Beckman III

    Dear Friends, It is with a heavy heart and sadness that we inform you of the passing of Attorney Vincent Beckman III, co-founder of the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project - FLAP. Vincent lived a full life of service to his beloved farm workers, seasonal workers and Latino Immigrants. We were so fortunate to have known him and will forever be grateful for all that he achieved and the impact he had on the Latino Immigrant communities FLAP serves. Vince will live on through the hearts and minds of the people he touched and through FLAP. He will forever remain in our hearts and we will continue carrying out his vision.

    FLAP Executive Director receives IHRC Foundation Award

    On Friday, March 29, 2019 Alexandra Sossa, FLAP Executive Director received the Foundation Award from the Illinois Human Rights Commission (IHRC) for her commitment in promoting and cultivating women’s rights, freedom and achievement in Illinois during Women’s History Month.

    Our Mission

      The mission of the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP)- Ayuda para Trabajadores- is to improve working conditions for migrant and seasonal workers in Illinois, including low-income farmworkers, landscapers, snow plowing workers,  packinghouse workers, cannery workers, restaurant workers and meat and poultry workers end their households. FLAP carries out this mission through: Our clients are the thousands of individuals who travel to Illinois to harvest the different crops we eat, grow the plants that adorn our urban and suburban gardens, and maintain these landscapes. They are primarily men and women who have immigrated to this country from Latin America. They labor 10-12 hour days exposed to heatstroke, dehydration, pesticides, injury and hazardous working conditions. Migrant and seasonal workers in Illinois' agricultural and landscaping industries are one of the most marginalized group of workers in the nation. Despite their many contributions to our society these men and women are often victims of abuse. Employers, for example, refuse to pay them overtime, or any wages at all, for their hard work. Many of our clients also suffer injuries without receiving any compensation. Such abuses jeopardize the well-being of our clients, their families and their communities. FLAP specializes in recovering owed wages for these workers.

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