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.  Members of the media, please contact Liana Foxvog at liana[at]ilrf.org.

Staff

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.  

Liana Foxvog, Director of Campaigns

Liana Foxvog is ILRF's Director of Campaigns. In 2004, Liana joined SweatFree Communities as National Organizer, and has coordinated ILRF's campaigns in the apparel industry since the merger with ILRF in 2010. By leading workshops and coordinating a variety of conferences, she has played a critical role in helping launch new grassroots campaigns to promote transparency and respect for workers' rights in apparel supply chains. She has been interviewed extensively on ILRF's work advocating for workplace safety and corporate accountability in the Bangladesh garment industry by national and international media outlets. Previously, Liana worked for the American Friends Service Committee, educating and mobilizing youth to take action against corporate globalization and for fairness in trade agreements. She has also served as a Spanish interpreter for immigrant rights and social justice organizations and coordinated interpretation teams for numerous events. Liana holds a Union Leadership and Administration Master's Degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts, where she teaches the Labor and the Global Economy course. 

Judy Gearhart, Executive Director

Judy Gearhart is the Executive Director of ILRF since March 2011.  Judy is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs, teaching the course Human Rights and Development Policy since 2002.  Previously, Judy coordinated legal research and training programs for workers and trade unions at Social Accountability International, led field research and evaluations for UNICEF and the ILO’s International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor in Honduras, and worked for women’s rights and democratization with NGOs in Mexico.  She has published on women’s rights, children’s rights and labor relations. Judy holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Shea Jenkins, Administrative Assistant

Shea Jenkins serves as ILRF's Administrative Assistant, helping keep the office organized and assisting with financial management, development, and supporting the Executive Director. Previously she interned at the original Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Maryhouse and has volunteered at organizations addressing issues of poverty, homelessness, and violence. Shea holds a Bachelor's in History from University of Notre Dame with a concentration in African history. Her studies abroad in West Africa contribute to her passion for workers' rights globally.

Kevin Lin, China Program Officer

Kevin Lin is ILRF’s China Program Officer. His main responsibilities consist of working with university law schools and civil society organizations in China to provide legal consultation and representation, and improve the legal environment for rural migrant workers. Prior to joining ILRF, Kevin has conducted academic research on China’s civil society and the labor movement with extensive in-country fieldwork experience. His research has been published in academic journals and edited volumes. In addition, Kevin has engaged in writing for a variety of online media outlets about Chinese workers and trade unions. He is interested in building international solidarity between workers in different countries.

Sarah Newell, Communications and Campaigns Coordinator

Sarah Newell joined the team in July 2016 as a Campaigns Associate. Sarah focuses on campaigning for corporate accountability in the garment industry, as well as developing ILRF’s organization-wide communications strategy. She previously worked as a union organizer in the public healthcare sector, and with higher education faculty. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of United Students Against Sweatshops.

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.

Charlotte Tate, Cotton Campaign Coordinator

Charlotte Tate is the Coordinator of the Cotton Campaign, a global coalition of labor, human rights, investor, and business organizations coalesced to end forced labor of children and adults in the Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan cotton sectors. ILRF is a leading member of the Cotton Campaign. Before joining ILRF as Campaigns Associate in August 2018, Charlotte worked in Thailand with Issara Institute, a migrant workers’ rights focused organization, as the Partnerships and Communications Officer. While there, she had the opportunity to engage Burmese and Cambodian migrant worker populations, Thai business owners, and global brands in the fight for higher labor standards. In addition to her role in ILRF's campaigns team, Charlotte is completing her MA at American University’s School of International Service, obtaining her degree in Ethics, Peace and Human Rights. Charlotte received her BA in international studies from Miami University.

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Board of Directors

President: Ashwini Sukthankar, UNITE HERE!
Vice President: Lance Compa, Cornell University
Secretary: Carol Rosenblatt, Coalition of Labor Union Women
Treasurer: Katherine Isaac, Consultant
  • Kim Bobo, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
  • John Cavanagh, Institute for Policy Studies
  • Eric Dirnbach, LiUNA
  • Cam Duncan, Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council
  • Joseph Eldridge, WOLA
  • Cathy Feingold, AFL-CIO
  • Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice
  • Mark Harrison, United Methodist General Board of Church and Society
  • Owen Herrnstadt, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • Lorretta Johnson, American Federation of Teachers
  • Yvette Pena-O’Sullivan, LiUNA
  • Robert J.S. Ross, Clark University
  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
  • Daniel Smith, ILRF General Counsel, Amalgamated Transit Union
  • Christopher Townsend, Amalgamated Transit Union

Join Our Team

 

Job Opening: Legal and Policy Director

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 Legal and Policy Director will conceptualize, guide, and execute ILRF’s legal and policy advocacy across programs. A successful candidate will have broad experience working independently and within coalitions to advance workers’ rights in corporate supply chains, trade policy, and government procurement. Deep knowledge of US policy-making processes and actors, intricate familiarity with trade and labor policy mechanisms, and experience leveraging those mechanisms to advance workers’ rights is a must. The position requires excellence in articulating clear and coherent advocacy positions on complex policy issues related to social justice and workers’ rights in presentations, meetings, and in writing and in coordinating staff project teams and coalition building.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, guide, and carry out ILRF’s legal and policy advocacy strategies across the organization and provide policy advocacy leadership in various coalition-based advocacy campaigns
  • Utilize existing complaint mechanisms (GSP, OECD, FTAs, etc.) in support of ILRF’s strategic campaigns, writing and filing complaints and preparing testimony as needed
  • Maintain and strengthen ILRF’s leadership and innovation in testing and improving trade and development policy advocacy mechanisms
  • Write and publish ILRF policy and issue briefs on selected topics, including transparency laws (due diligence), arbitration mechanisms, and the Tariff Act
  • Represent ILRF in select DC-based policy roundtables (e.g. ICAR, OECD NCP advisory group, and others)    
  • Advise ILRF staff on legal issues and advocacy strategies and review a variety of written materials before publication
  • Raise funds to sustain current programs and develop new projects and write grant proposals and reports in a timely manner

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and legal research skills
  • Ability to conceptualize, manage, and raise funds for policy advocacy programs
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyze and utilize various policy levers to advance workers’ rights
  • Ability to coordinate and build team strategies with ILRF staff, allies, and partners
  • Ability to train and supervise staff
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Diplomatic acumen and excellent judgment in managing and building relations among policy-makers and other key actors
  • Experience working with U.S. policy makers, trade unions, and/or human rights advocacy organizations
  • Strong understanding and experience advocating for trade policy to advance labor rights globally and/or corporate accountability policies
  • Knowledge of legal and policy issues pertaining to forced labor in international labor standards and corporate policies
  • Law degree or equivalent experience in legal and policy analysis
  • Enthusiasm for travel domestically and internationally to represent ILRF publicly and to build ILRF’s networks and alliances

Employment status: Full-time, exempt, management. Supervisor: Executive Director.

Compensation: The salary range for this position is $78,000 - $90,000, depending on experience. ILRF has an excellent benefits package and provides 100% employer-paid health insurance.

Location:    Washington, D.C.

To apply:    Send cover letter, resume, a legal/policy writing sample, and a copy of a persuasive article/op-ed for a lay audience to employment [at] ilrf.org. The position is 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.

 

Internships

We welcome inquiries for summer 2020 positions from students receiving other funding or credit from their universities or through Fulbright or similar programs. For fall 2019 - spring 2019, we also have openings for students who receive federal work-study funding. Internship positions are customized based on interns' interests and experience. 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.