About Us

This page contains details about Farmworker Legal Services and the services that we provide.



FLS represents migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout the state of Michigan.  FLS assists them with legal problems in the following subject areas:

- Employment Contracts, Minimum Wage, Failure to Pay Wages, Unpaid Bonuses, Crewleader Problems, Wage Deduction Problems, Pesticide Exposure, Field Sanitation (Adequate toilet facilities and drinking water in the fields)
- Unemployment Compensation, Food Stamps, Medicaid and Other Health Programs, Child Day Care
- Evictions, Threatened Evictions, Lock-outs, Housing Conditions, Health and Safety issues, Labor Camp Housing
- Access to Education, Discrimination Based on Migrant or Immigration Status
- Eligibility Questions, Family-Based Forms Processing, Naturalization, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), U Nonimmigrant Status (victims of certain crimes)


(updated May 2016)
Tom Thornburg, Managing Attorney
Daniel Inquilla, Managing Attorney
Kara Moberg, Staff Attorney
Lucy Benz-Rogers, Staff Attorney
Scott Boyer, Attorney
Jose Rosas, Legal Assistant
Mariah Hennen, Community Advocate
Elizabeth McClain, Summer Associate
Kyle Olsen, Summer Associate
Juan Ramirez, Summer Associate
Anna Charney, Intern
Paige Barton, Intern



FLS cooperates with Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project (MMLAP), which is based in Grand Rapids.  FLS and MMLAP each conduct farmworker outreach throughout the state of Michigan and refer cases as appropriate.

FLS cooperates with the Diocese of Kalamazoo Immigration Assistance Program to refer immigration cases to the appropriate agency and to ensure that competent legal counsel is available to low-income residents of southwestern Michigan.

FLS cooperates with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center in the referral of naturalization, battered immigrant, and impact cases.


FLS is a division of Michigan Advocacy Program (formerly known as Legal Services of South Central Michigan).  MAP is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization that provides its services free of charge and supports its work through grants and donations.  We encourage you to consider a donation to FLS.  You may donate by check to the address below or by credit card by clicking the "Donate Now" button at the top of the page.  Your credit card donation will be processed by the Access to Justice Fund of the State Bar of Michigan.  However, all funds that you donate will go directly to support FLS.

FLS is funded in part by the Legal Services Corporation.  Please be advised that your contribution may not be used in any manner inconsistent with with the Legal Services Act and Regulations.


If you have a complaint about our services, you can obtain a complaint form from the receptionist.  Send the completed form to:

Financial Coordinator 
Michigan Advocacy Program
420 North 4th Avenue 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104



Farmworker Legal Services is a division of the Michigan Advocacy Program.  FLS is funded by the Legal Services Corporation, other grants and contracts, and private donations to provide free civil legal assistance to low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

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FLS is funded in part by the Legal Services Corporation.  Please be advised that your contribution may not be used in any manner inconsistent with with the Legal Services Act and Regulations.