TRLA FARMWORKER PARALEGAL

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary based on experience.

Published

07/19/2018

Address

Mercedes
Texas
United States

Description

Paralegal: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) seeks a full-time, year-round paralegal for its multi-state Farmworker Team; primarily based in TRLA’s principal office in Mercedes, Texas. The paralegal must be fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to social justice, especially in workers and immigrants’ rights. Duties include (but aren’t limited to): assisting attorneys with litigation preparation; conducting outreach in rural areas (especially during evenings and weekends); performing client intakes; preparing community legal education materials and conducting Know Your Rights presentations; investigating cases; communicating with community organizations, the media and other service providers; referring individuals to other agencies and private attorneys and any other duties as necessary. Applicants must have a valid Texas driver’s license. Applicants must be willing and able to travel extensively, overnight, especially during the spring and summer months. Proficient word processing, internet, and office skills (including case management programs) are also required (knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher is strongly preferred).


Organizational Background: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (“TRLA”) is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit legal aid corporations, with 30+ years of zealous, groundbreaking and effective advocacy on behalf of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. Among other kinds of advocacy, TRLA’s Farmworker Team provides free employment-related legal services to farmworkers (and their families), ranging from counsel and advice through state or federal litigation. We advocate on behalf of those employed and/or housed by a variety of industries, for example: vegetables, citrus, chile, seed corn, packing sheds, dairies, cotton gins, forestry and nursery operations, as well as those working in operations raising sheep, horses, catfish or other aquaculture. TRLA’s service area covers seven states: Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, in addition to handling issues in other states where migrant Texan farmworkers travel (such as Midwestern and Southwestern states).

Most of TRLA’s work is employment litigation in federal court. Our litigation docket has included representation of farmworkers (including victims of labor trafficking) with claims under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA), 42 U.S.C. § 1981, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the federal H-2A program, and state contract, wage-and-hour, tort, and worker's compensation legislation. TRLA also assists victims of labor trafficking and severe workplace crimes to obtain immigration relief, where appropriate.


How to Apply: Email a cover letter, résumé (listing all relevant experience with start and end dates of employment) and three professional references (from prior supervisors) to Monica Bustamante (TRLA Employment Coordinator) at employment@trla.org and cc TRLA’s Farmworker Team Managing Attorney, Daniela Dwyer, at ddwyer@trla.org.


Pay and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and based on a 40-hour workweek (although occasional overtime (with overtime compensation) may be required. TRLA is an equal opportunity employer that seeks a diverse workforce. TRLA offers a benefits package that includes various paid vacation and sick leave days (including all federal holidays); medical, dental, and disability coverage; life insurance; and a retirement plan. All necessary, work-related travel expenses are paid for by TRLA based upon applicable federal reimbursement rates. TRLA has a unionized workforce (membership is optional).


Application Deadline: Position open until filled; preferred start date is as soon as possible.

Benefits

Please see description above.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

employment@trla.org
http://trla.org


How to Apply: Email a cover letter, résumé (listing all relevant experience with start and end dates of employment) and three professional references (from prior supervisors) to Monica Bustamante (TRLA Employment Coordinator) at employment@trla.org and cc TRLA’s Farmworker Team Managing Attorney, Daniela Dwyer, at ddwyer@trla.org.


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