Events | FLAP Holds Four Major Events per Year
Annual Presentation of the Beckman Farmworker Advocate of the Year Award, Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction
Each year FLAP recognizes an individual and/or organization that has served as an outstanding advocate for migrant farmworkers and/or landscapers in Illinois. It acknowledges the contribution and impact that the recipient has had in the farmworker and/or landscaper community.
If you have candidates to nominate and/or would like more information, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
requesting The Beckman Farmworker Advocate of year Award criteria and nomination form.
Beckman Farmworker Advocate of the Year Award 2018
In 2018, FLAP recognized Russell Foszcz and Sara Foszcz
for their steadfast commitment in meeting the legal needs of farmworkers and landscapers.
Justice Jesse Reyes, of the Illinois Appellate Court
, was our guest speaker at the Lagunitas Brewing on Tuesday, July 10th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Beckman Farmworker Advocate of the Year Award 2017
FLAP honored Attorney Vincent Beckman, co-founder of FLAP
for For his commitment in meeting the legal needs of farmworkers and landscapers in Illinois.
Beckman Farmworker Advocate of the Year Award 2016
FLAP honored Armando Cano
from the Mexican Consulate in Chicago for Supporting FLAP mission and his dedication to help low income workers.
Beckman Farmworker Advocate of the Year Award 2015
FLAP honored Attorney Marni Willenson
for her steadfast commitment in meeting the legal needs of farm workers and landscapers in Illinois.
Beckman Farmworker Advocate of the Year Award 2014
FLAP honored Victoria Chavera
, former migrant worker and presently working with Community Health Partnership of Illinois, for the work she has been doing with the migrant and farm workers in Illinois for more than 25 years. Our guest speaker was attorney Thomas H. Geoghegan
. Over the years, he has represented labor unions and employee groups in many significant cases in various United States district courts and courts of appeals. Master of Ceremony was Professor Jack King
Beckman Farmworker Advocate of the Year Award 2013
, Paralegal of the Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF). He focuses on advising the community of farmworkers of their rights. Since 2001, he has been supporting FLAP making referrals and conducting outreach with FLAP interns and staff.
Beckman Farmworker Advocate of the Year Award 2012
Billhorn Law Firm: http://www.billhornlaw.com/
represents employees in wage and hour litigation assuring proper compensation under the federal and state laws. It is one of the FLAP co-counsels since 2003.
Community Health Partnership of Illinois: http://www.chpofil.org/
is committed to improving the health and well-being of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Illinois. CHP has been supporting FLAP’s work since 1999.
Beckman Farmworker Advocate of the Year Award 2011
Olgha S. Sandman:
Native of Monterey, Mexico, has more than 40 years working with farmworker organizations across the US. She is one of the co-founders of FLAP.
FLAP Migrant Law Training
Every summer FLAP conducts this training provided by FLAP Board and staff members, skilled employment litigation attorneys, and other attorneys and nonprofit organizations with extensive experience in different areas, to FLAP Interns, Externs and volunteers.
The training is for two days from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and starts the day after Memorial day. Some of the topics are: Fair Housing and Farmworker Housing Resources, Fair Labor Standards Act, Workers Compensation, Collection cases, Agricultural Worker Protection Act, Best billing Practices for Attorney's Fees, Human Labor Trafficking, Field Sanitation and Worker Protection Standard, Illinois Migrant Education Program and U visas for workers.
FLAP Migrant Outreach Training
Every summer FLAP conducts this training provided by FLAP staff members and other nonprofit organizations with extensive experience in the area, to FLAP Interns and volunteers. The training is usually the last week of May, for one day from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Some of the topics are: Workers Compensation, Field Sanitation and Worker Protection Standard, Illinois Migrant Education Program, U visas for workers, and Practical tips for outreach in the field.
FLAP Board of Directors in the field with the workers
In fall each year, the FLAP Board of Directors travel to the Suburbs to have dinner and/or talk in person with FLAP's clients. This is an opportunity for the workers to explain their conditions at work and for FLAP Staff and Board of Directors to interact with the population we are seeking to help and educate about their rights at work.