Farm worker rights

Soli Mercado-Spencer

Soli Mercado-Spencer

Solimar Mercado-Spencer
smercado-spencer@glsp.org

Solimar “Soli” Mercado-Spencer is originally from Coamo, Puerto Rico. She graduated in 2007 from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. While a law student, she was an intern at Indiana Legal Services’ Farmworker Unit. The substandard and unfair conditions she observed during her outreach visits to migrant camps around the state motivated her to become an advocate for workers’ rights. Upon graduation, she became a staff attorney at Florida Rural Legal Services where she represented farmworkers in a variety of matters, including cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. In 2011, she established her private practice, where she represented immigrant workers in employment and immigration matters. A year later, she moved to Texas to become the Dallas Area Director of the Austin-based Workers Defense Project. There, she helped WDP establish a new worker center to advocate for and organize construction workers in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. Soli joined the Farmworker Rights Division of Georgia Legal Services in 2016.

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