Advocating for the Rights of Migrant Farm Workers
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Morrissey Hall 109, School of Law
A public interest lawyer with a decade of experience practicing law with the Immigrants and Workers' Rights Practice Group of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Miguel Keberlein Gutiérrez (M.A., University of Iowa; J.D., University of Wisconsin--Madison) will speak about the advocacy work he and his organization do for migrant farm workers and their families throughout Illinois. Mr. Keberlein's practice focuses in particular on representing clients whose rights under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act have been violated due to working conditions, housing, field sanitation, or misrepresentations of the working arrangement, and he will begin by generally describing this federal act and his practice. After providing that brief background information, Mr. Keberlein will share specific stories describing the difficult and sometimes painful challenges that his clients face, and he will describe the rewards of this important advocacy work, leaving time for discussion, questions, and answers.