March 24, 2017
Friends of Farmworkers, Inc. and co-counsel have reached a settlement in multi-plaintiff federal lawsuit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The lawsuit alleged that Ephraim Tahir Mella and the Law Offices of Tahir Mella, P.C. carried out two schemes to defraud individuals who sought immigration legal services from the law firm. As part of the settlement, Mr. Mella and the Law Offices of Tahir Mella, P.C are subject to a Consent Injunctive Order (available below for download) signed by Judge Robert F. Kelly of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on March 7, 2017.
May 24, 2016
A Telemundo 62 investigation into immigration services fraud featuring FOF attorney Vanessa Stine and her client Felipe.
May 12, 2016
An NBC 10 Investigation into immigration services fraud featuring FOF attorney Vanessa Stine and her client Felipe.
February 22nd, 2016
An article written by FOF staff, discussing our work with labor trafficking victims in The Legal Intellegencer.
September 1st, 2015
Our General Counsel, Art Read, was quoted in this New York Times report.
July 24th, 2015
An excellent in-depth article detailing labor trafficking and the H-2 visa program. Our General Counsel, Art Read, contributed to the Buzzfeed investigation.
April 2nd, 2015
Our Equal Justice Works Fellow, Vanessa Stein, and the Notario Fraud project were highlighted in this Next City article.
March 24th, 2015
Al Dia quotes Equal Justice Works Fellow, Vanessa Stine, in an article about Notario Fraud and a new Philadelphia city ordinance passed to protect consumers.
February 2nd, 2015
The Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple Law School released a new report highlighting the need for reform of language access services. General Counsel, Art Read, contributed to the report.
November 21st, 2014
Our Executive Director, Meredith Rapkin, is quoted in this Philadelphia Inquirer article about President Obama's proposed immigration reform.
September 7th, 2012
Executive Director, Meredith Rapkin, published an article in the Legal Intellegencer on the sexual harassment of Farmworker Women.
August 19th, 2012
Supervising attorney Liz Chacko was quoted in an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The article discusses the Migrant Education Program and the importance of current programs aimed at keeping migrant and immigrant children in school.
May 31st, 2012
Friends of Farmworkers contributed to the report published by Global Workers Justice Alliance on temporary visa programs.
May 2nd, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Joe DiStefano continues to cover issues related to the H2B visa program, and quoted General Counsel Arthur Read in this article.
General Counsel Arthur Read wins prestigious Morris Dees Award.