The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project has received a $2,500 Community Needs Grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation to buy supplies and materials for legal advocacy and education.
Low-income, often disenfranchised workers such as those represent by FLAP are subject to many violations in the workplace, including nonpayment of wages and other wage and hour issues, unauthorized wage deductions, illegal pesticide exposure, human labor trafficking, hazardous housing, unsanitary and dangerous working conditions, discrimination and workplace injuries.
Although the potential violations are numerous, there is a true lack of awareness on the part of the client base regarding their rights at work, their access to representation and their options. This is why outreach and community education, which this grant will support in the form of educational supplies and materials, are of importance to the organization.
FLAP’s goals in DeKalb County are to increase awareness of its legal programs and services among the area-based immigrants, seasonal, and migrant workers, and educate them on their legal rights in the workplace, which will better allow FLAP to pursue justice for those workers. This grant will directly help to further those goals.