Friends of Farmworkers in the News


June, 2019

Interlocking Systems: How Pennsylvania Counties and Local Police Are Assisting ICE to Deport Immigrants

Report showing how Pennsylvania local law enforcement plays a role in ICE deportations. Co-written by summer legal intern Amy Chin-Arroyo, with help from former Paralegal Mana Aliabadi.


September, 2018

Justice at Work and co-counsel reached a settlement in a collective action lawsuit against a landscaping company. See our press release below.

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September, 2018

She Paid A Lawyer Thousands Of Dollars To Apply For A Green Card. She Got A Deportation Order Instead

Coverage of immigration service fraud work, including insight from our former staff Attorney Vanessa Stine.


August, 2018

Equity in Contemporary Immigration Enforcement: Defining Contributions and Countering Criminalization

Article co-written by Staff Attorney Alia Al-Khatib regarding equity in immigration enforcement.


May, 2018

Increased Enforcement of Immigration Laws Raises Scam Risk

Coverage of immigration services fraud work, including our former Staff Attorney Vanessa Stine.


September 27, 2017

Human Trafficking Experts Explore Victim Advocacy Measures

Featuring Paralegal Athena Buell Becerra.

May 17, 2017

Why Janitors Get Noncompete Agreements, Too.

A report from the Pew Trusts Stateline Project featuring an FOF client impacted by a noncompete agreement.

March 31, 2017

In Allentown, immigrants get a lesson on the right - and the need - to remain silent.

Featuring an information session in the Lehigh Valley conducted by local community partners with support from FOF.

March 7, 2017

Friends of Farmworkers, Inc. and co-counsel reached a settlement in multi-plaintiff federal lawsuit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).  The lawsuit alleged that Ephraim Tahir Mella and the Law Offices of Tahir Mella, P.C. carried out two schemes to defraud individuals who sought immigration legal services from the law firm.  As part of the settlement, Mr. Mella and the Law Offices of Tahir Mella, P.C are subject to a Consent Injunctive Order (available below for download) signed by Judge Robert F. Kelly of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on March 7, 2017.

Naula Loja et al v. Mella et al Consent Injunctive Order
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Naula Loja et al Press Release.pdf
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February 22, 2017

Know Your Rights.  No. They're Your Rights.

Amazing Know Your Rights cartoon featuring FOF's own Matt Lamberti.


October, 2016

Pursuing Justice for Victims of Labor Trafficking

An article in an American Bar Association publication written by FOF staff and highlighting FOF's anti-trafficking work.


July 29, 2016

Sued for underpaying guest gorkers, Pa. lawncare company settles for $700,000.

A Newsworks story on a successful FOF case.


May 24, 2016

Fraude notarial a inmigrantes indocumentados 

A Telemundo 62 investigation into immigration services fraud featuring FOF attorney Vanessa Stine and her client Felipe.


May 12, 2016

A Theft of the American Dream

An NBC 10 Investigation into immigration services fraud featuring FOF attorney Vanessa Stine and her client Felipe. 


February 22nd, 2016

Labor Trafficking: Unidentified Victims, Underutilized Fixes

An article written by FOF staff, discussing our work with labor trafficking victims in The Legal Intellegencer.


September 1st, 2015 

Union Accused of Betraying Migrant Carnival Workers

Our General Counsel, Art Read, was quoted in this New York Times report.


July 24th, 2015 

The New American Slavery: Invited to the U.S., Foreign Workers Find A Nightmare

An excellent in-depth article detailing labor trafficking and the H-2 visa program. Our General Counsel, Art Read, contributed to the Buzzfeed investigation.


April 2nd, 2015 

Scammers No Longer Welcome to Target Immigrants in Philadelphia

Our Equal Justice Works Fellow, Vanessa Stein, and the Notario Fraud project were highlighted in this Next City article.


March 24th, 2015

Philly ordinance protects workers against notario fraud

Al Dia quotes Equal Justice Works Fellow, Vanessa Stine, in an article about Notario Fraud and a new Philadelphia city ordinance passed to protect consumers.


February 2nd, 2015

Barriers to Justice for Non-English Speakers in Pennsylvania Courts

The Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple Law School released a new report highlighting the need for reform of language access services. General Counsel, Art Read, contributed to the report.


November 21st, 2014

Obama to impose historic immigration changes

Our Executive Director, Meredith Rapkin, is quoted in this Philadelphia Inquirer article about President Obama's proposed immigration reform.


September 7th, 2012

Protecting Female Farmworkers in Pennsylvania from Harassment

Executive Director, Meredith Rapkin, published an article in the Legal Intellegencer on the sexual harassment of Farmworker Women.


August 19th, 2012

Agencies aim to keep migrant kids in school

Supervising attorney Liz Chacko was quoted in an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  The article discusses the Migrant Education Program and the importance of current programs aimed at keeping migrant and immigrant children in school.


May 31st, 2012

Visas, Inc: Corporate Control and Policy Incoherence in the U.S. Temporary Foreign Labor System

Friends of Farmworkers contributed to the report published by Global Workers Justice Alliance on temporary visa programs. 


May 2nd, 2012

PhillyDeals: Importing the Labor Pool

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Joe DiStefano continues to cover issues related to the H2B visa program, and quoted General Counsel Arthur Read in this article.




General Counsel Arthur Read wins prestigious Morris Dees Award.