Friends of Farmworkers provides direct legal services to:
• Low wage immigrant workers throughout the state of Pennsylvania, with focus on farmworkers, mushroom workers, food processing workers and landscapers
• Income-eligible groups or organizations, where individuals members are eligible clients
Friends of Farmworkers also provides community education, training and technical assistance to:
• Social Service Agencies
• Legal Service Agencies and the Private Bar
Income guidelines: Generally we serve those whose income is at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. We serve Pennsylvania residents or migrant workers who have been employed in Pennsylvania.
Other eligibility guidelines: We prioritize providing representation for migrant farmworkers, mushroom workers, and food processing workers who have employment-related claims or claims related to the client’s status as a farmworker. Other (non-migrant) farmworkers, mushroom workers, and food processing workers with employment-related problems may also qualify for representation. Workers from immigrant and migrant communities who are not employed in agriculture may under certain circumstances qualify for FOF representation.
Friends of Farmworkers has declined Legal Services Corporation funding. Organizations that receive this funding are unable to represent undocumented workers, they are unable to engage in legislative and administrative advocacy, and they are also precluded from bringing any class action litigation.
Undocumented persons not eligible for Legal Services Corporation funded representation are eligible for representation by FOF.
Representation may also be available for organizations whose members are eligible clients if the organization does not otherwise have resources for representation.