DePaul Law hosts discussion advocacy for migrant farm workers

DePaul University College of Law will host a discussion on advocacy for migrant farm workers today, Monday, October 24 from 12 to 1 p.m. DePaul's chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and the Society for Asylum and Immigration Law will present attorneys from the Farmers & Landscapers Advocacy Project (FLAP) and the Immigrants and the Workers’ Rights Practice Group of the Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF) to discuss important and often underacknowledged legal issues facing millions of people across the United States.

According to a recent Chicago Tribune article, there are approximately 2.5 million farm workers in America; up to 70 percent of them are undocumented and fear deportation. This event expects to introduce the legal community to their plights and needs. Attendees will learn about the advocacy efforts of legal and social services, as well as ways that attorneys and students can further aid the Illinois farm worker population.

Speakers include Jose Alonso, an attorney with the Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group at LAF, and Meghan A. VanLeuwen, Litigation Director at the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project.

About the organizations:

  • The Society for Immigration and Asylum Law at DePaul Law educates students in the areas of asylum and immigration law.

  • The National Lawyers Guild at DePaul Law advocates for basic changes in economic and political systems and defends the rights of disenfranchised groups, such as migrant farm workers.

  • FLAP was created in 1999 due to federal funding that severely limited the assistance federally-funded legal services programs could provide. FLAP offers clients employment-related litigation assistance, outreach, and education.

  • LAF provides free legal assistance to people living below the poverty line in Cook County, Illinois; its Immigrants & Workers’ Rights practice group focuses on migrant agricultural and landscape workers.