About Us

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

OUR SERVICES

 

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

Employment
- 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)
 
Benefits
- Food Stamps, Medicaid and Other Health Programs, Unemployment Compensation, Child Day Care
 
Housing
- Evictions, Threatened Evictions, Lock-outs, Housing Conditions, Health and Safety issues, Labor Camp Housing
 
Education
- Access to Education, Discrimination Based on Migrant or Immigration Status
 
Immigration
- Eligibility Questions, Family-Based Forms Processing, Naturalization, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), U Nonimmigrant Status (victims of certain crimes)


OUR STAFF 

 
Tom Thornburg, Managing Attorney
Daniel Inquilla, Managing Attorney
Kara Moberg, Staff Attorney
Daniella Pozzo Darnell, Staff Attorney
Lucy Benz-Rogers, Law Graduate
Jose Rosas, Legal Assistant

COLLABORATIONS

 

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.


DONATIONS

 
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.

HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT

 
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

 

OUR PROGRAM

Farmworker Legal Services is a division of Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), a non-profit organization funded primarily by the Legal Services Corporation to provide free civil legal assistance to low-income persons, including migrant and seasonal farmworkers.  
 
MAP has branch offices known as Legal Services of South Central Michigan in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Jackson, Lansing, and Monroe.  MAP also operates the Family Law Project in Ann Arbor.


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