Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services - Agricultural Worker Project

  • Minnesota

About Us

SMRLS provides free, high-quality legal help in critical civil matters to low-income people in southern Minnesota as well as to agricultural workers throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. For more than 100 years, SMRLS has helped individuals and families secure and protect their basic needs, maintaining freedom from hunger, homelessness, sickness, and abuse. SMRLS has an experienced, dynamic staff of 60 attorneys and 45 additional staff and values, welcomes and promotes diversity in all aspects of its work. AWP provides free civil legal services to eligible agricultural workers in any county in Minnesota or North Dakota.

AWP focuses its work on improving the working, living, and health conditions of agricultural workers in Minnesota and North Dakota through legal representation and education. It handles cases related to wage theft, workplace health and safety concerns, employer-provided housing conditions, employment discrimination/retaliation, among other legal matters that specifically impact agricultural workers. Additionally, it educates agricultural workers in Minnesota and North Dakota regarding their legal rights through extensive outreach and presentations to agricultural worker communities.