The Farmworker Rights Division of Georgia Legal Services Program (FWRD-GLSP) seeks to hire a law student intern to support our advocacy on behalf of clients with claims of unpaid wages, breach of employment contract, employment discrimination, and other violations related to their employment in agriculture, including labor trafficking.
About the Farmworker Rights Division:
The FWRD provides free legal representation to eligible farmworkers with employment-related matters in Georgia. Typical cases involve employers failing to pay workers’ wages; discrimination based on sex, citizenship or national origin; subjecting workers to human trafficking conditions; and breaking recruitment promises. Clients include guest workers from Latin America, in addition to local and migrant U.S. farmworkers.
Our current caseload involves representation of clients with federal claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (wages), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (employment discrimination), Georgia contract law (violations of employment contract), and under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act; as well as humanitarian immigration relief for victims of trafficking (T and U visas), and advocacy for clients who are victim-witnesses in the criminal case resulting from Operation Blooming Onion in which federal conspiracy charges were brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Georgia against 24 defendants related to the forced labor of hundreds H-2A workers in Georgia and Florida.
About the Internship Position:
The tasks assigned to our summer interns vary depending on the current needs of our office. Interns will be expected to participate in outreach visits to farmworkers throughout rural Georgia; research facts and interview clients and potential clients to develop new cases and support current cases; research legal issues and draft legal memoranda; and support our litigation and administrative advocacy work as needed.
The Farmworker Rights Division is housed in GLSP’s central office in Atlanta, providing interns an opportunity to work alongside other advocates committed to combating poverty and injustice. The legal intern will also work closely with our Director of the Farmworker Rights Division, the Farmworker Rights staff, and fellow interns.
· Spanish language fluency strongly preferred
· Ability to work and communicate well with a diverse group of people
· Ability to work well in a team setting
· Willingness to travel
· Strong legal research and writing skills
· Commitment to social justice
The internship lasts ten consecutive weeks during the 2023 Summer (Dates flexible to accommodate school schedule). A stipend is available for law students without institutional funding.
The selected intern(s) will work from the Atlanta Central office of the Georgia Legal Services Program. Partial telework may be available on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the division’s Director.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a statement of interest (cover letter), resume, and a writing sample to: hsmith@glsp[dot]org. Interviews will be conducted virtually.
GLSP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Georgia Legal Services Program not to discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status. GLSP values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and people who have experienced poverty or homelessness to apply. GLSP invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice