The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) – Proyecto de Ayuda para Trabajadores del Campo y Jardineros is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit. It was incorporated February 8, 1999 in response to a 1996 Congressional ruling that prohibited federally funded legal services programs from filing class actions for, as well as representing, many low-income workers. This prohibition includes H-2A agricultural workers, H-2B forestry workers, and victims of battery, extreme cruelty, sexual assault, or human trafficking. Justice and legal representation, that for decades inspired millions of oppressed people to come to America, were denied to hundreds of thousands of low-income workers, most of them Latinas and Latinos. While FLAP serves all classifications of workers, it focuses on very low-income laborers and their households.
Today, FLAP continues its humanitarian mission to improve working conditions and opportunities for low-income Latinx workers and their households in the following industries: cannery, farms, greenhouse, landscaping, meat, nursery, packinghouse, poultry, restaurants and snow plowing.
The organization carries out its mission through advocacy, community outreach and education, litigation, community legal education, information and referrals, partnering with other organizations to fight human labor trafficking, preventing family separations by helping immigrants secure dual citizenship for their children, and facilitates the access to emergency cash transfers to very low-income populations. FLAP provides these services free of charge and without regard to immigration status. For more information visit flapillinois.org.