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Migrant Farmworker Justice Project
508 Lucerne Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33460
Phone: (561) 582-3921
Fax: (561) 582-4884
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
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Established by Florida Legal Services in 1996 and funded by the Florida Bar Foundation, the Migrant Farmworker Justice Project is committed to ensuring that the full range of legal advocacy is available to the 300,000 farmworkers who work in Floridas fields and groves through innovation, law reform, legislative and administrative advocacy, and class actions.
Our work is directed at cases which: 1) deal with a problem or grievance shared by a large number of farmworkers or about which farmworkers feel strongly; 2) enhance the ability of farmworkers to participate in solving their own problems; 3) increase community understanding of a problem or issue and advance the knowledge of the person served by the Project with respect to their legal rights and responsibilities; or 4) address a rule or practice that adversely affects a large number of farmworkers. Our staff includes some of the most experienced farmworker advocates in the country. In our short history, we have achieved some notable successes.
Gregory S. Schell- Managing Attorney: Specializes in migrant and seasonal agricultural worker protection act and temporary foreign worker (H-2A) program. Greg graduated from Harvard College, A.B. magna cum laude in Government in 1976 and received his JD from Harvard Law School in 1979. Greg was admitted to the Florida Bar 1979 and to the Maryland Bar in 1985 and is a member of the Southern, Northern, and Middle Districts of Florida. Between 1988 and 1995, Greg served as Director of the Farmworker Employment Group at Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. Greg was the Managing Attorney for the Migrant Farmworker Division at Maryland Legal Aid Bureau from 1983 to 1988. He has been the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions for his outstanding work on behalf of farmworkers and has been at the center of significant litigation resulting in major victories for farmworkers and Farmworker advocates in the U.S. Greg speaks Haitian Creole. email
Karla Martinez - Attorney: Karla joined MFJP in October 2009 after serving a two-year year term as an AmeriCorps Team Member with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) in Toledo, Ohio. Karla worked with the ABLE's Migrant Farmworker and Immigrant Project assisting clients in immigration court proceedings. Karla was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2012 and is a member of the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Karla obtained her J.D. from the University of Iowa, College of Law in 2007. She earned a Bachelorís Degree in Economics and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. She is fluent in Spanish. email
Sol Couto - Office Manager: Sol began working for FLS in 2001 as the office manager, along with providing receptionist and general office support. Sol is also the Settlement Administrator for all lawsuits at MFJP. She is primarily engaged in locating, qualifying and registering eligible farm workers for settlement proceeds. Prior to her work with FLS, she worked in the private sector for five years as a legal assistant and specialized in the area of Florida workers' compensation. Sol is fluent in Spanish. email