The Farmworker Advocacy Project’s (FLAP) mission is to improve working conditions and opportunities for low-income workers and their households in these industries: cannery, farms, greenhouse, landscaping, meat, nursery, packinghouse, poultry, restaurants, and snow plowing.
The organization carries out its mission through advocacy, community outreach and education, litigation, community legal education, information and referrals, partnering with other organizations to fight human labor trafficking, preventing family separations by helping immigrants secure dual citizenship for their children and facilitating access to cash transfers to very low-income populations. FLAP provides these services without regard to immigration status.
The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP)- Ayuda para Trabajadores del Campo y Jardineros was incorporated in February 8, 1999 in response to restrictions on federal funding which severely limited the assistance that federally-funded legal services programs could provide to many of low-income workers. FLAP carries out its mission through Community outreach and education, information and referrals, and partnering with other organizations to fight human labor trafficking.
Who We Are
The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project – FLAP – Proyecto de Ayuda para Trabajadores del Campo y Jardineros – is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. FLAP covers the State of Illinois.
Our History and Mission
The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) – Ayuda para Trabajadores del Campo y Jardineros – was incorporated February 8, 1999 in response to a 1996 Congressional ruling that prohibited federally funded legal services programs from filing class actions for, and representing many of low-income workers. This prohibition includes H-2A agricultural workers, H-2B forestry workers, and victims of battery, extreme cruelty, sexual assault, or human trafficking. Justice and legal representation, that for decades inspired millions of oppressed people to come to America, were denied to hundreds of thousands of low-income workers, most of them Latinos. While FLAP serves all classifications of workers, it focuses on very low-income laborers and their households.
FLAP’s mission is to improve working conditions for low-income workers and their households in the following industries: cannery, farms, greenhouse, landscaping, meat, nursery, packinghouse, poultry, restaurants and snow plowing,
The organization carries out its mission through community outreach and education, litigation, community legal education, information and referrals, partnering with other organizations to fight human labor trafficking, preventing family separations by helping immigrants secure dual citizenship for their children and facilitates the access to cash transfers to very low-income populations.
The fight against wage theft and human labor trafficking goes on! Thanks to your support, FLAP continues the tireless effort to improve the working conditions for thousands of low-income workers in Illinois. After 22 seasons of operations, FLAP has 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.
FLAP covers the State of Illinois.
We have recovered more than 4.7 million dollars in back wages and illegal deductions. Please contact us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Outreach and Education
FLAP staff seeks to educate low-income workers about their rights in the work place. Our organization builds upon relationships with churches, consulates and organizations in the community to deliver “Know your Rights” presentations to groups of workers. FLAP staff travels to different populations in Illinois to inform low-income workers about their rights and legal resources available to them. Through its own community outreach and education work and through its relationship with other community groups in the area, FLAP builds a relationship of trust with low-income immigrant, migrant, and seasonal low-income workers.
Information and Referrals
FLAP relies on more than 150 organizations and a network of qualified attorneys to handle legal cases in Illinois. This network of attorneys allows us to provide low-income workers who have suffered damages without receiving any compensation with reliable legal assistance.
FLAP gives information to low-income workers and makes referrals to other organizations and skilled litigation attorneys with extensive experience in areas including but not limited to: employment, personal injury, consumer, nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, education, housing, wrongful death, birth injury, product liability, car, trucking, bus and aviation accidents, premises liability, Federal Torts Claims Act, Assisted Living Negligence, home health care abuse and neglect, DUI, Social Security Disability, family law, Immigration, Breach of Contracts, medical Mal practice and workers compensation among others.
Human Labor Trafficking
By definition, human labor trafficking is “the act of recruiting, harboring, moving or obtaining a person by force, fraud or coercion, for the purposes of involuntary servitude, debt bondage or sexual exploitation.” FLAP clients often receive legitimate visas from recruiters who subsequently take these visas away. These recruiters frequently restrict the workers’ movements, house them in cramped quarters, force them to work without pay, and threaten their life and the lives of their families to prevent their escape.
Cy Pres Information
FLAP is an ideal choice for cy pres
If you are involved in a class action case settlement and are designating a cy pres for the residual funds, please consider FLAP as a cy pres recipient. FLAP will use the award to provide Community Outreach and Education improving low-income working conditions in Illinois having a significant effect on the lives of low-income Illinois residents.
While it is ultimately up to the courts to determine whether a cy pres award is appropriate, attorneys for the plaintiff and defense can each play an important role in directing cy pres awards to FLAP.
Mission: to improve working conditions for low-income farmworkers, nursery workers, greenhouse workers, landscapers, snow plowing workers, packinghouse workers, cannery workers, restaurant workers and meat and poultry workers and their households.
FLAP carries out this mission through community outreach and education, information and referrals and partnering with other organizations to fight human labor trafficking.
- Collaboration: FLAP partners with more than 60 organizations in Illinois and works closely with the legal aid community to provide Legal resources to low income workers.
- Expertise: FLAP has been improving working conditions of low-income workers in Illinois for more than 21 years.
- Area of Service: FLAP is eligible to receive cy pres awards because we promote equal access to justice for disadvantaged low-income Illinois residents.
- Population FLAP services: Our clients share something in common with the members of class action lawsuits. They are Latino low-income workers.
Among the many violations that low-income workers are exposed to are:
- Human Labor Trafficking
- Nonpayment of wages (“wage theft”)
- Denial of overtime wage rates
- Illegal pesticide exposure
- Hazardous housing
- Unsanitary working conditions
- Illegal deductions from wages [for visa, travel, housing, equipment and uniform expenses]
- Injuries at work
The term cy pres comes from the French, “cy pres comme possible,” meaning “as near as possible,” and the doctrine is often applied in class action cases in which full restitution to all injured parties is impossible or infeasible, resulting in residual funds.
Under cy pres, courts can approve a charitable donation out of unclaimed class action funds. Designation of a cy pres prevents a windfall to the defendant while serving to deter future violations. Court settlement awards occur when the court approves a settlement that requires one of the parties to make a specified contribution to a charity.
Cy pres awards have been used to fund important legal services all over the country. In addition to special projects, cy pres awards are often used to fund operational costs for legal aid organizations and nonprofits like FLAP, allowing them to continue to provide vital services in their communities.
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