Staff

Our staff are dedicated to supporting the rights of workers and to building power for workers through a variety of strategies.  To reach us, fill out the form on our contact page or call us at 202-347-4100.  

Staff


elena [at] ilrf.org (Elena Arengo, Senior Corporate Accountability Analyst)

Elena Arengo joined ILRF in April 2017 as Senior Corporate Accountability Analyst. Previously, she was Chief Technical Advisor for the ILO/IFC’s Better Work program in Nicaragua, where she established and coordinated a national program to monitor and improve conditions in the apparel export manufacturing industry in close coordination with national trade unions, employers, government and multinational brands. She also worked as consultant for the Better Work program in Bangladesh. Before that, she worked at Social Accountability International for ten years, first as Worker Training Program Coordinator, developing and implementing capacity-building programs for union workers in nine countries, in coordination with the International Textile Garment and Leather Workers Federation, and later as Latin America Program Director, on programs on CSR and labor rights, in partnerships with trade unions, brands, employers, governments and NGOs throughout the region. Elena has also worked with MADRE, an international women’s human rights organizations on programs for women’s economic development and human rights.   


shikha [at] globallaborjustice.org (Shikha Silliman Bhattacharjee, Research Director)

Shikha is a lawyer and researcher. Her research and writing takes an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective in understanding the capacity and limitations of the law to address systematic violence for marginalized communities, with a focus on women and labour migrants. Shikha holds a BA in English and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration from Yale University, a JD and Certificate in Global Human Rights from University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is pursuing a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from University of California, Berkeley. Shikha’s work is informed by more than a decade of experience working with grassroots campaigns and civil society organizations in the U.S. and South Asia, using legal, research, media and community organizing approaches. Shikha has been an Ella Baker fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, and a Fulbright Fellow at Swayam. She has worked with numerous organizations in South Asia including Human Rights Law Network, Jan Sahas Social Development Society, PRADAN, the Society for Labour and Development, and Women’s Fund Asia. In 2015, Shikha jointly founded HELM Social Design Studio, the first social design studio in South Asia dedicated to partnering with human rights defenders and their organizations to ideate, fund, and build social design solutions that promote human rights and access to justice. You can follow Shikha’s work on Twitter @shikhaphone and access her research publications at https://berkeley.academia.edu/ShikhaSillimanBhattacharjee.


nazly [at] globallaborjustice.org (Nazly Sobhi Damasio, Communications Director )

Nazly is a Persian-Venezuelan organizer and visionary campaigns and communications strategist. For over a decade, she has worked on numerous global campaigns at the intersection of racial justice, gender based justice, migration and labor rights in the US, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East with several organizations including the Fight for 15, SEIU, UN Women, Ma ma Cash, the Center for Reproductive Rights, United We Dream, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Mijente, The Center for Cultural Power and JASS.  She began her career organizing women garment workers in maquiladoras against sexual abuse & exploitation along the US/Mexico border and transitioned into communications strategy work at the Fight for 15 after several years as an organizing lead on the campaign. As the creator and founder of La Feminista Descolonial, a Spanish-language intersectional feminista platform, Nazly facilitates dialogue online in various Spanish speaking communities globally from an anti capitalist, anti racist, anti oppressive & decolonized perspective in order to spark activism offline. Determined to unapologetically exist and resist in the world, Nazly grounds her work in transformative practices that prioritize relationship building, healing justice, and building movements that are collaborative and sustainable in order to create a world in which the lives of queer, trans and non-binary Black and brown historically oppressed and colonized people are prioritized and our collective liberation is realized. Nazly holds a B.A in International Relations from DePaul University and is fluent in Spanish, Farsi, Arabic & English. Nazly is also an award winning classically trained violinist who has been performing domestically and internationally as a soloist and in various ensembles since she was ten years old. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Latina Magazine, Teen Vogue, The Fader, Wear Your Voice Magazine, Remezcla, INDIE Magazine and various other digital platforms.


roger [at] ilrf.org (Roger Ghatt, Director of Finance and Administration)

Roger Ghatt is an operations and financial management professional with almost 20 years of experience working with non-profit and corporate clients. More recently, Roger has over a decade of experience supporting the activism of organizations engaged in social justice reform. Roger joined ILRF in March 2019 and he is excited to use his deep knowledge of financial management procedures and controls combined with his administrative skills to empower everyone at the organization to achieve their goals. Roger is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in Business Administration with a focus on finance.


sahiba [at] globallaborjustice.org (Sahiba Gill, Staff Attorney)

Sahiba is a movement lawyer advocating for global economic justice; in particular, she works with and for people in low-wage jobs who also cross state borders or work in global supply chains. Sahiba previously worked on supporting labor organizing among migrants from South Asia who work in the Arabian Gulf. During law school, Sahiba was a student advocate in the Global Justice Clinic at New York University School of Law and an Ella Baker program intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Sahiba speaks Hindi and English. She holds a JD from New York University School of Law and a BA with High Honors from Swarthmore College.


caitlin [at] globallaborjustice.org (Caitlin Hoover, Operations Director)

Caitlin Hoover is a nonprofit management professional. She has a commitment to building teams and core organizational strength to support grassroots work advancing migrants rights, women’s rights, and labor rights. She has managed budgeting and compliance for research, film, and advocacy programs and has experience coordinating communications, logistics, and workflow with staff across three continents.  She also brings a strong lens of how to make technology work for global teams and organizations.  Based in the Netherlands, Caitlin is determined, energetic, and focused on building secure practices which strengthen organizational and advocacy outcomes.  Caitlin holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.  Caitlin’s consciousness of labor rights developed through her own work as a nanny and an assembly line packer. Before transitioning to nonprofit management, Caitlin worked as a researcher on gender based violence in fast fashion and developed content for original interactive documentaries on the urbanization of Mumbai, India. She also served as a caseworker defending student’s work-study and healthcare rights. She is thrilled to bring her passion, life experiences, and organizational talent to GLJ. 


jacob [at] globallaborjustice.org (Jacob Horwitz, Acting Field Director)

Jacob Horwitz has built membership-based worker-led organizing programs in the US South and Global South for fifteen years.  He’s led dozens of  workplace and community campaigns against multinational corporations including Hershey, McDonalds, and Wal-Mart. He’s organized at the intersection of migration and forced labor and spent over nine years co-developing a transnational membership-based worker organization that became the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA).
Jacob developed a specialty in guestworker organizing and has directed guestworker campaigns in key sectors including seafood supply chain, oil and gas, and hospitality. Before joining GLJ-ILRF, Jacob was working with UNITE HERE to build union power at the Charlotte Douglas Airport, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jacob led the airline catering workers and airport concession workers in a fight to win a contract for living wages and affordable healthcare.
Jacob also served as Interim Executive Director and Organizing Director at the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ). In both of those roles, Jacob directed multidisciplinary organizing teams of Black and immigrant workers to build power in the workplace and in the City. Under his leadership, thousands of people, largely African American, targeted by racist policing and saddled with unpayable fines and fees won relief; members won significant changes to federal and local migration policy targeting undocumented families. Thousands of guestworkers fought and won permanent immigration protections, increased wages and improved working conditions in food processing, hospitality and construction.


esmeralda [at] ilrf.org (Esmeralda López, Legal and Policy Director)

Esmeralda López is a policy and advocacy strategist who has dedicated her career to standing alongside diverse and underserved communities to uphold their rights. Before joining ILRF, Esmeralda spent seven years at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, where she led two coalitions, spoke before Congress and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and testified before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. She has also worked with the Los Angeles Mayor’s office, served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, and worked at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. Esmeralda has published numerous reports, including an article in the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics. She earned her J.D. at Santa Clara University School of Law. While at SCU Law, she helped individuals with labor disputes at the Voluntary Legal Services Program and clerked for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She also studied at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She is a native English and Spanish speaker and daughter of Mexican immigrants.


patricia [at] ilrf.org (Patricia Ndimantang, Operations and Development Assistant)

Patricia Ndimantang joined ILRF in July 2019.  She coordinates events logistics and fundraising for ILRF’s awards gala, and handles routine and advanced operations tasks.  She began her career in the Nigerian Government’s Ministry of Youth and Sports, working out of Oyo State, where she was involved in youth and development programs focused on equipping disadvantaged youths with sports and business skills. Patricia worked with more than 120 young people to design and coordinate projects to build their leadership skills. She later joined 9mobile (formerly Etisalat Nigeria), a leading telecommunications service provider in Nigeria, where she spent three years as a service and retail operations analyst.  Patricia is very passionate about ending poverty and has worked with evangelical groups, raising funds for low-income inner city programs to improve schools and teaching and equipping beneficiaries with income-generating skills and startup capital. She believes every child deserves an education and is very passionate about ending child and forced labor in West Africa.  Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and literary studies from Madonna University, Nigeria.


kimberly [at] ilrf.org (Kimberly Rogovin, Senior Seafood Campaign Coordinator )

Kimberly Rogovin is contracted as the Senior Seafood Campaign Coordinator at ILRF since January 2019, leading the organization's program to advance workers’ rights in the global seafood industry, with a focus on Thailand. Kimberly has a decade of experience working on labor rights, migration and human trafficking issues in Asia, having managed programs at the ILO in Myanmar on internal labor trafficking, at the Karen Human Rights Group on human rights violations affecting people in Southeastern Myanmar, and at the Issara Institute, where she led research, worker voice and technology initiatives to support Myanmar, Cambodian and Lao migrant workers in Thailand. Kimberly served as an advisor for the ILO Guidelines Concerning the Measurement of Forced Labour released in 2018. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University in New York.


gabby [at] ilrf.org (Gabriela Rosazza, Campaigns Associate)

Gabriela Rosazza coordinates the U.S. Labor Education in the Americas Project (USLEAP) – ILRF’s program focused on trade union rights in Latin America. Gabby joined the team after graduating from Saint Joseph's University in 2016, where she studied International Relations and Latin American Studies. As a student, she played a key role in engaging the student body in activism, participating in and coordinating immersions to the School of  The Americas protest, El Paso, Texas, the Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Cuba. Her work at ILRF is influenced by her background as a daughter of immigrants and dedication to crossborder solidarity with workers in the Americas.


jjronsenbaum [at] globallaborjustice.org (Jennifer (JJ) Rosenbaum, Executive Director)

JJ is an attorney, organizer, and human rights strategist advocating for human rights, decent work for all, and fair migration.  For over two decades, JJ has used legal, policy, and advocacy strategies to win access to rights and collective power for low-wage workers and advised workers’ centers on transnational grassroots collaborations.  Global Labor Justice follows a more than ten-year record in the post-Katrina Gulf Coast where JJ created a new model of movement lawyering as the founding legal and policy director for the National Guestworker Alliance and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.  JJ has litigated cases before trial and appellate courts and led the human, labor, and migrants rights strategy for campaigns including the Signal workers, who exposed labor trafficking from India to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, and the Justice @ Hershey’s campaign, where hundreds of foreign students won new regulations for the cultural exchange visa program.

JJ has extensive experience with human rights investigations, legal strategies that build collective power, and advising worker, immigrant, and community organizations.  She has testified before Congress, writes and speaks globally, and is regularly consulted by national and global media. She is the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s International Labor and Employment Committee and lectures on labor migration and comparative social justice lawyering approaches at Harvard Law School. She previously held a Robina Fellowship at the Orville H. Schell. Jr. Center for International Human Rights with a focus on the intersection of global supply chains chains and labor migration. JJ is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the Harvard Law School. Follow her on twitter at @rosenbaumjj


 

Board of Directors

President: Ashwini Sukthankar, UNITE HERE!
Secretary: Sabrineh Ardalan, Harvard School of Law
Treasurer: Katherine Isaac, Consultant
  • Pablo Alvarado, National Day Laborer Organizing Network
  • Raymond Atuguba, Ghana School of Law
  • Anannya Bhattacharjee, Asia Floor Wage Alliance
  • Lance Compa, Cornell University
  • Cathy Feingold, AFL-CIO
  • Owen Hernstadt, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • Bincy Jacob, Consultant
  • Genevieve LeBaron, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield
  • Jennifer (JJ) Rosenbaum, GLJ-ILRF
  • Erica Smiley, Jobs with Justice
  • Daniel Smith, Amalgamated Transit Union

Join Our Team

Job Opening: Senior Policy Analyst / Policy Analyst

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that promotes dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains and advance policies and laws that protect workers, in close collaboration with grassroots worker organizations around the world. More information about ILRF is available at www.LaborRights.org.

The Policy Analyst, or Senior Policy Analyst depending on experience, with the supervision of the Legal and Policy Director, will advance ILRF’s mission, advocating for government policies and corporate accountability models that support workers’ rights. The position will have a strong focus on forced labor, particularly in support of ILRF’s campaigns on abuses in the seafood industry in Southeast Asia and the cotton sector in Central Asia. The position requires an excellent writer with experience in coalition building. The Policy Analyst will also support the daily operations of coalition work with partner organizations and campaigns.

Job Responsibilities

  • Program design and implementation to hold companies and buyers accountable for preventing and addressing labor rights abuses in global supply chains, particularly for ILRF priority campaigns currently focused on seafood, cotton, apparel and other agricultural exports 
  • Write policy materials for distribution for different audiences, including,  blogs, in-depth as well as concise policy analysis, comments on government regulations 
  • Analyze legal decisions and international instruments
  • Conduct research and consult experts and grassroots organizers on new approaches to strengthening workers’ voice/influence over supply chain monitoring and accountability
  • Help craft policy messaging for diverse audiences
  • Represent ILRF in international and U.S. policy spaces, including but not limited to U.S. Congress, the Executive branch and the ILO
  • Work in strategic partnerships and coalitions, led by ILRF or in coalition with partner organizations
  • Maintain and build ILRF’s relationships with organizations, coalitions, and individuals working towards shared policy goals
  • Support coalition work by leading meetings, developing agendas, executing follow-up actions, and maintaining frequent communication with partners, including day-to-day administrative functions 
  • Support the editing of blogs and reports
  • Provide support for fundraising efforts

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree or equivalent field experience
  • 5-7 years of work experience in advocacy, campaigns and coalition building in corporate supply chains accountability and policy on labor/human rights
  • Knowledge of the global economy, especially global supply chain compliance programs and human rights due diligence approaches
  • Knowledge of trade and development policies designed to protect or advance labor rights protections internationally
  • Strong writing skills
  • Analytical skills, and ability to construct sound arguments and positions
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong time-management, attention to detail, and organizational skills
  • Ability to build a positive, collaborative team atmosphere and also to work independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to meet goals
  • Excellence in articulating clear and coherent advocacy positions on complex policy issues
  • Experience analyzing policies and writing clear, concise, publishable summaries, action alerts and letters
  • Proactive, self-starter with sound judgment, curiosity, creativity, integrity and dedication

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of worker-centered and power-based analysis of corporate supply chains and initiatives, including corporate social responsibility (CSR), auditing, and certifications
  • Fluency in English and in one or more additional languages, especially Chinese, or other Asian languages
  • Experience working abroad with human rights or social justice advocates
  • Experience as a campaigner, organizer, educator or researcher on labor issues
  • Experience with digital media engagement for advocacy
  • Experience with grant reporting, proposal writing and developing monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Experience living outside of the United States or traveling abroad for work
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to race, gender, sexuality and other aspects of identity, and their intersections, and how that plays out in the work

ILRF has a generous benefits package. Salary will be contingent on experience.

Job status: Full-time, exempt, member of NPEU-IFPTE Local 70 Bargaining Unit

Location: Washington, D.C.

To apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, and writing sample to employment [at] ilrf.org. Open until filled.

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities. This description does not constitute an employment contract, implied or otherwise.


Campaign Consultant (Thailand)

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that promotes dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains and advance policies and laws that protect workers, in close collaboration with grassroots worker organizations around the world. More information about ILRF is available at www.LaborRights.org.

The Campaign Consultant, with the supervision of the Senior Seafood Campaign Coordinator and the Legal and Policy Director, will support ILRF’s Seafood Workers’ Rights Campaign and the Seafood Working Group, advocating for government policies and corporate accountability models that support workers’ rights and end abuses in the seafood industry. The Seafood Working Group is a global coalition of labor, human rights and environmental organizations working to end forced labor in the Thai seafood industry. This is a part-time consultancy based in Bangkok, Thailand with an initial work period of six months.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of advocacy efforts and campaigns for legal reform and corporate accountability in the seafood industry in Thailand, as well as in the poultry industry to a lesser extent
  • Support for Seafood Working Group calls, including scheduling, record keeping, facilitation, and communication with members
  • In coordination with the Senior Seafood Campaign Coordinator, maintain and develop relationships with worker-led organizations and CSOs in Thailand, including identifying needs and supporting capacity building activities or trainings
  • In coordination with the Senior Seafood Campaign Coordinator, identify and develop relationships with key actors in the Thai government
  • Maintain a social media presence to support the seafood campaign, as well as actions from allies and coalition partners
  • Translation of reports, letters, blogs and other communications between English<>Thai
  • Interpretation from English<>Thai during meetings, calls and events

Required Qualifications

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Thai
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Experience working on migrant labor issues in Thailand
  • Knowledge of labor rights issues and challenges in the global seafood industry
  • Experience using social media
  • Sensitive and careful approach in working with vulnerable populations
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong time-management, attention to detail, and organizational skills
  • Proactive, self-starter with sound judgment, curiosity, creativity, integrity and dedication 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Competency in an additional language, particularly Chinese, Burmese or Khmer
  • Understanding of worker-centered and power-based analysis of corporate supply chains and initiatives, including corporate social responsibility (CSR), auditing, and certifications
  • Knowledge of international human rights and labor rights standards
  • Experience as a campaigner, organizer, educator or researcher on labor issues 

Application Process

Please submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest and suitability for the position in relation to the abovementioned responsibilities and qualifications to employment [at] ilrf.org (subject: Campaign%20Consultant%20(Thailand)) . Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities. This description does not constitute an employment contract, implied or otherwise.


Internships

For fall 2020 - spring 2021, we will have openings for students who receive federal work-study funding. Internship positions are customized based on interns' interests and experience. Starting in March 2021, we will welcome applications for summer 2021 positions from students receiving funding or credit from their universities or through Fulbright or similar programs. These are some of the skills that we seek in interns:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Corporate research
  • Legal research
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Publications layout
  • Video production and editing
  • Data entry
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional phone demeanor
  • Native-level fluency and professional-level writing skills in Bangla, Khmai, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, or Uzbek.

To apply, please email internships [at] ilrf.org (subject: enter%20position%20title%20here%20%2B%20first%20name%2C%20last%20name) with:

  • A letter indicating why you are interested in interning at ILRF and your areas of interest and skills, how many hours per week you are available and for which start date and end date, whether you have a funded stipend or are eligible for college credit, and whether you are located in Washington, DC or in a different city
  • Your resume / CV
  • A copy of any of the following that you have produced, as relevant to your inquiry: research paper, published article, campaign-related writing, graphic design sample, or video
  • If you are indicating language fluency in your application, then please include a writing sample in that language in addition to your English writing sample

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.