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 conferences. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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
  • Cam Duncan, Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council
  • Joseph Eldridge, WOLA
  • Cathy Feingold, AFL-CIO
  • 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

Letter from Judy Gearhart (February 2020)

Job Opening: Executive Director

The Board of the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), a 34-year old non-profit based in Washington, D.C., seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization. The ideal candidate would be available to start on or before June 1, 2020. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2020, but applications will be considered as they are received.

ILRF is a human rights organization with a budget of almost $2 million a year, dedicated to promoting dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. More information about ILRF is available at www.LaborRights.org.

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to the ILRF Board, at asukthankar [at] unitehere.org.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Detailed knowledge of international human rights, international labor standards, and issues affecting workers in globalized industries.
  • A commitment to movement building and grassroots organizing. An understanding of global labor movements, especially trade union movements in the Global South, strongly preferred.
  • A post-graduate degree in law, development, human rights or other relevant field.
  • Extensive experience managing in the social justice sector. Experience managing in a unionized staff environment strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in English required. Proficiency in another language or other languages strongly preferred.
  • Strong track record of non-profit fundraising from a diversity of sources.
  • Experience developing and implementing advocacy strategies, including experience producing high-quality written material.
  • Willingness to travel extensively, both domestically and internationally.
  • Commitment to anti-oppression principles and practice, and experience and sensitivity in working in multicultural, multiracial environments.

Responsibilities of the Executive Director will include:

Strategic Leadership and Positioning:

  • Play a leadership role with Board, staff, and allies to continuously evaluate opportunities and generate effective strategies in the context of changing landscape and evolving issues in this field, consistent with the ILRF’s mission, vision and values.
  • Represent the organization in public fora, and guide relations with allies in the field.

Fundraising:

  • Cultivate and manage funder relations, including with an engaged network of individual donors.

Administration:

  • Organizational planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Financial management (including developing and managing program budgets).

Board Relations:

  • Engage and convene a Board of trade unionists, non-profit leaders, faith leaders, and other committed social justice activists to further the work and stature of ILRF.

Salary and Benefits: from $100,000 to $120,000 depending on experience.  Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance; paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave; SIMPLE IRA plan; and transportation reimbursement.

The 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 funding or credit from their universities or through Fulbright or similar programs. 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. 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.