For general inquiries

(919) 523-6665 (WhatsApp)

(919) 856-2180 (United States)

(800) 777-5869 (United States)

0 01 (800) 777-5869 (Mexico)

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 26626, Raleigh, NC 27611

 

Email our Staff

 

Lori Johnson ~ Managing Attorney ~ Email

Lori J. Johnson is the Managing Attorney of the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina, having begun practicing agricultural employment law in 1997 with Farmworker Legal Services of North Carolina.  She has obtained civil remedies for migrant and seasonal farmworkers, injured workers, and victims of human trafficking through civil litigation and appearances before adjudicative agencies. In addition, she has secured immigration relief for victims of crime and forced labor trafficking. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1994 and a J.D. from Northeastern School of Law in 1997.

Caitlin Ryland ~ Supervising Attorney ~ Email

Caitlin Ryland is a Supervising Attorney with the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina. She is currently serving her third term on the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission and is the Project Director for Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative. She has previously served in a leadership capacity in the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Rapid Response Team of the Triangle, and the Farmworker Advocacy Network.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Swarthmore College and her Juris Doctor and Health Law Certificate from the University of Maryland, School of Law.

Aaron Jacobson ~ Attorney ~ Email

Aaron Jacobson is a staff attorney with the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina.  He joined the FWU in November of 2017.  Aaron primarily works on employment law cases, such as unpaid wages cases and cases involving violations of H-2A regulations, and immigration cases, primarily with victims of human trafficking and other violent crimes. Before joining the FWU he worked as an attorney with the Battered Immigrant Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina for approximately four years, where he also represented victims of human trafficking and other violent crimes.  He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.  Prior to attending law school, he worked as an organizer, or field representative, for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee for several years.

Bianca Olivares ~ Paralegal ~ Email

Bianca Olivares (she/her/hers) serves as Paralegal for the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid NC. As paralegal, she provides litigation support for cases, leads an outreach team, and conducts client education sessions. She is from Wilson, NC and received her Bachelor of Social Work and Psychology Minor from NC State University in 2017. Bianca started working with farmworkers through her work with Student Action with Farmworkers upon graduation and is eager to continue that work at Legal Aid in hopes of improving living and working conditions for farmworkers in NC and beyond.

Estephania Mijangos ~ Human Trafficking Initiative Paralegal ~ Email

Estephania Mijangos serves as a Paralegal for the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of NC. As paralegal, she provides support in immigration relief. Estephania has focused on humanitarian forms of relief for close to ten years and is experienced in assisting victims of human trafficking and other violent crimes.

Kevin Quintana ~ Paralegal ~ Email

Kevin Quintana serves as a Paralegal for the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina. He was born in Miami, FL, and received his Bachelor in Criminology with Minors in Philosophy and Anthropology from the University of Florida. After graduating from UF in 2021, Kevin moved to North Carolina, where he now happily resides and hopes to someday achieve his dream of becoming an attorney. Prior to joining the Farmworker Unit, Kevin served as a Legislative Fellow at the Florida State Senate, where he assisted with a wide variety of policy issues.

Katie Becker ~ Community Education Coordinator ~ Email

Katie Becker leads the community outreach and education program. The program teaches farmworkers about their legal rights, how they can exercise those rights, and how to access the services the farmworker unit provides. She also develops and maintains working relationships with statewide organizations focused on farmworker justice and implements mass media community education about farmworkers’ rights. In addition, she supervises interns and volunteers who assist with community education. Katie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Duke University, and she is finishing a Master of Arts in Global Security and Borders at Queen’s University Belfast. Before joining the Farmworker Unit, Katie was a bilingual program assistant at the UNC School of Law Clinical Programs, where she helped manage the law school’s ten pro bono clinics. In addition to Spanish, Katie speaks some French and basic Maya Mam.

 

Directions to our office

Address: 224 S. Dawson St., Raleigh, NC, 27601 (view a map)

Directions from Downtown Raleigh:

The Legal Aid building is at the corner of S. Dawson and Martin Sts., next to the Raleigh Fire Station, directly across from Nash Square park.
There is street metered parking for 1-2 hours on Martin, S. Dawson and Hargett St. There is also a parking deck on the corner of S. Dawson and Morgan. Parking is free after 5 p.m.

Directions from Chapel Hill:

Take I 40 East toward Raleigh. Exit onto Wade Ave., Exit 289. Follow Wade Ave. through several stoplights and take a right exit onto Capital Blvd. South toward downtown, also Hwy 50 and Hwy 70. Continue in the right lane on Capital Blvd. Capital will turn into S. Dawson St.

Directions from Durham:

Take Durham Freeway (Hwy 147) to I 40 East toward Raleigh. Exit onto Wade Ave., Exit 289. Follow Wade Ave. through several stoplights and take a right exit onto Capital Blvd. South toward downtown, also Hwy 50 and Hwy 70. Continue in the right lane on Capital Blvd. Capital will turn into S. Dawson St.

Directions from Rocky Mount, Wilson:

Take Hwy 64 West toward Raleigh. (From Wilson, take 264 W to 64 W) Past Knightdale, and into Raleigh, Hwy 64 will turn into New Bern Ave. Follow New Bern Ave. into downtown Raleigh. New Bern will turn into Edenton St. Take a left onto S. Dawson at the Holiday Inn.

Directions from Benson:

Take Hwy 40 West toward Raleigh. Follow the 440 Inner Beltline toward Durham Exit onto Exit 298B South Saunders St. Take a right off of the exit and follow into downtown Raleigh. S. Saunders St. will turn into McDowell St. Pass the park on your left and turn left onto Hargett St. Take a left onto S. Dawson St. at the next block.