For general inquiries
(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.
Benjamin Williams ~ Attorney ~ Email
Benjamin Williams is a Staff Attorney with the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina. He joined the FWU in May of 2019. Before joining the FWU, he worked in Wilmington, North Carolina providing free legal services to victims of Hurricane Florence. Ben is a 2018 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. He became interested in farmworker and immigrant advocacy through UNC’s Civil Legal Assistance clinic, where he was able to work with a farmworker client, and the school’s Pro Bono program, which allowed him to travel to an ICE detention center in Folkston, GA and volunteer with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI). Ben also served on the Editorial Board for the North Carolina Journal of International Law during his final year of law school.
Yanira ~ Human Trafficking Initiative Paralegal ~ Email
Danny Mills ~ Paralegal ~ Email
Danny Mills, is a paralegal and has worked with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Farmworker Unit late 2015. His duties include attorney and office support and, outreach, helping to provide civil legal services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Starting as a paralegal in 1999, he has worked with other farmworker legal aid programs in New England, New York and Tennessee. Prior to becoming a paralegal, he worked many years doing a wide variety of non-legal jobs. However, he was always drawn to his Mexican roots (his mom was a 1st generation seasonal worker in Southern California),and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish in 2011.
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.
Johana Bravo ~ Community Education Coordinator ~ Email
Johana Bravo leads the community outreach and education program which teaches farmworkers about their legal rights, how they can exercise those rights, and 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. Johana has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Kansas, where she also earned a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. She has been working with the Latinx community since 2012 in rural and urban areas in Kansas and North Carolina with the goal of building healthier communities and eliminating health disparities through research, education, outreach, and evaluation of disease prevention programs.
Holly Thompson ~ Human Trafficking Legal Fellow ~ Email
Holly Thompson is a George Barrett Social Justice Legal Fellow with the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina. She joined the FWU in August of 2019. Before joining the FWU, Holly obtained her Juris Doctor at Vanderbilt University Law School, where she participated in multiple public interest internships, including internships with International Justice Mission in La Paz, Bolivia and with Southern Migrant Legal Services in Nashville. Her interest in farmworker and immigrant advocacy arises in part from her experiences as a volunteer with local non-profits in college, and as a Douglass Fellow with the Human Trafficking Institute in her second year of law school. Holly received her Bachelor of Arts at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She is passionate about preventing violence against low-income immigrant communities and addressing hidden or lesser-known issues of exploitation.
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.