Join us on September 8th for our annual Beckman Farmworker Advocate of the year Award and Fundraiser
Please join FLAP on September 8th, 2021 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Tanta Chicago to honor Alexandra Sossa, FLAP’s Executive Director.
One comes here thinking we are going to find a better life. We trust in the promises that our employers make us, but then it turns out they are false. I would never have moved forward with the case if FLAP had not stood by me every step of the way.
Some people might think a week’s pay that we never received is not worth a lawsuit. That money, however, is the only source of sustenance that my family and I have for the next month. FLAP understood this and helped us fight for our rights.
I used to think that legal rights were only for the benefit of people with money. But FLAP did not ask me for any money; all they asked for was my trust. The fact that FLAP staff spoke Spanish made me feel comfortable. Now I know that the laws are not made just for the rich and that I too can fight for my rights.
I like the fact that FLAP will visit us in the fields and in the nursery and see the real conditions under which we work. You taste the water we have to drink; you see the bathrooms we have to use. Seeing FLAP staff in the middle of the field under the burning sun, talking to us about our rights really made me want to trust them
AnonymousNursery Worker & Former Client
Since its founding in 1999, FLAP has been the only non-profit organization in Illinois, in the Midwest, and one of only a handful like it in the United States, that makes sure low-income workers who are exploited at work, and have no foreseeable way of fighting back — either because they cannot afford an attorney or, because of their classification, cannot access Federally-funded legal aid — are treated with dignity and guaranteed their legal rights.
With your donations, we have achieved the following:
- Educated more than 1 million low-income Latinx workers on their legal rights – an average of 100,000 workers per year
- Partnered with more than 150 organizations, including Consulates, law firms and foundations, to improve working conditions in Illinois
- Distributed more than 2.6 million of community outreach and education material with resources and legal information
- Delivered more than 25,000 “Know Your Rights” presentations – an average of 8 per day
- Received more than 80,000 telephone calls from workers requesting assistance
- Filed 210 lawsuits in federal and state courts – 90% representing multiple workers
- Sent 86 demand letters in the name of very low-income workers and their households in the following industries: cannery, farms, greenhouse, landscaping, meat, nursery, packinghouse, poultry, restaurants and snow plowing
- Recovered almost 5.0 million dollars in back wages and damages for the workers
- During the COVID-19, FLAP has secured cash donations for 2,730 very low-income Latinx individuals making an impact on roughly 16,380 family members for a total of $1,459,084 in cash distribution
- 45,158 Personnel Protective Equipment has been distributed. Of those 26,780 went directly to Illinois’ Farmworkers and 4,052 to immigrant children
Would you like more information about FLAP's services?
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