The Farmworker Rights Division of Georgia Legal Services Program (FRD-GLSP) is hiring a full-time bilingual (Spanish/English) Paralegal.
About the Farmworker Rights Division
The FRD provides free legal representation to eligible farmworkers with employment-related matters in Georgia. Typical cases involve employers failing to pay workers’ wages; discriminating on the basis of 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. Currently, the FRD consists of one Senior Staff Attorney, one Staff Attorney, one Regional Operations Manager, and two paralegals.
This paralegal position, and one new staff attorney, will be funded through a grant administered by the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, as part of the newly created Agricultural Labor Trafficking Task Force. The staff hired under the subgrant will collaborate with this multi-agency coalition, working together to fight against agricultural labor trafficking in rural Georgia and to provide comprehensive services to the survivors. This is a 3-year grant.
· Conduct community education about agricultural labor trafficking and the services we provide to survivors. This includes migrant camp outreach, partnerships with local agencies/organizations serving low income and immigrant communities, and social media campaigns.
· Support direct legal services to victims of labor trafficking. This includes interviewing clients and potential clients, investigating case facts, client correspondence, preparing and drafting various case documents, completing immigration forms, and supporting the staff as needed.
Participate in the Agricultural Labor Trafficking Task Force, hosted by the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. This includes attending task force meetings and helping with reporting requirements related to the subgrant. Requirements
· Bachelor’s degree in a related field or 2 years of relevant job experience.
· Demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice, especially in the areas of worker and/or immigrant rights.
· Strong language skills (oral and written) in Spanish, including good oral presentation skills. Candidates selected for an interview should expect a portion of the interview to be conducted in Spanish.
· This position requires meeting and interviewing clients outside of normal business hours and will require travel to rural Georgia.
· Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license during employment.
· Must maintain reliable high-speed internet for home office (remote work).
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The starting salary range for this position is between $30,000 and $34,000, depending on experience. In addition, GLSP offers excellent fringe benefits including health insurance, retirement benefits, annual salary increases, generous paid leave benefits, etc.
This is a remote position, with home office location anywhere within 200 miles of Tifton, Georgia (only within the state of Georgia).
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a statement of interest, resume, and a writing sample to: https://www.glsp.org/join-the-team/. This position will be open until filled, with an anticipated start date in early fall 2021. 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.