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.  

Kirill Boychenko, Cotton Campaign Coordinator

Kirill Boychenko 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. Kirill completed his PhD studies with Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia and is an expert and a scholar with over 10 years of experience as a practitioner in the field of human trafficking prevention. In addition to his counter-trafficking work, he directed anti-corruption and compliance programs in Russia for the Council of Europe and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. Earlier, Kirill worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for five years. In his capacity as the IOM Moscow Counter-Trafficking Focal Point, Kirill developed and implemented multi-million dollar international projects and various educational programs and provided training to Russian police officers, judges, prosecutors and attorneys. Kirill was a Fulbright Humphrey law fellow in 2011-2012 and a Fellow with the Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy in the fall of 2012. During his fellowship years, he worked with Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and collaborated closely with the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Center.

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 a 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.

Eric Gottwald, Deputy Director

Eric Gottwald is the Deputy Director of ILRF and is responsible for coordinating programs to end labor abuses in high-risk sectors (including palm oil, seafood, and cotton), as well as leading efforts to utilize and strengthen accountability mechanisms to promote labor rights in the global economy.  Since coming to ILRF, he has published on forced labor and child labor in Indonesia’s palm oil industry, forced labor in Vietnam’s drug detention centers, abusive short-term contracts in Peru’s apparel and agro-export sectors, and a range of policy issues related to trade, corporate accountability, and labor rights.  He is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board of the U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the Workers’ Rights Advisory Committee of Fairtrade International.

Prior to joining ILRF, Eric worked on a rule of law project for the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center in Lima, Peru.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2005 and his work has appeared in the American University International Law Review.  During law school, Eric worked as a fellow for the International Labor Organization's Multinational Enterprises Programme.  He is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

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 is a recent graduate of Saint Joseph's University where she majored in International Relations with minors in Latin American Studies and Faith-Justice Studies. During her time at Saint Joe's, she was a participant and leader of various student immersions to Ft. Benning, Georgia, El Paso, Texas, Dominican Republic & Haiti, Guatemala, and Cuba. Gabby studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and was involved with campaigning to source Alta Gracia apparel at the campus bookstore. Her work at ILRF is influenced by her background as a first-generation American and dedication to continued solidarity with workers in Latin America.

Charlotte Tate, Campaigns Associate

Charlotte coordinates the Seafood Working Group and provides support to the Cotton Campaign. Before joining ILRF in August 2018, she 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: Yvette Herrera, Communications Workers of America
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
  • Joe 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
  • Ashwini Sukthankar, UNITE HERE!
  • Christopher Townsend, Amalgamated Transit Union

Join Our Team

Job Opening: Cotton Campaign Coordinator 

The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) is a human rights organization that advocates for dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains; we advance policies and laws that protect workers; and we strengthen workers’ ability to advocate for their rights. More information about ILRF is available at www.LaborRights.org.

The Cotton Campaign is a global coalition of human rights, labor, investor and business organizations dedicated to eradicating child labor and forced labor in cotton production, housed at ILRF. Our goals are to end the state systems of forced labor in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan’s cotton sectors. We pursue our goals by advocating to the governments of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan; advocating to governments, companies, investors, and international institutions to use their influence with the governments of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan; supporting civil society in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan; and raising public awareness and activism.

The Cotton Campaign Coordinator will be responsible for building consensus among coalition participants, developing and leading implementation of the coalition’s strategic plan, and raising the campaign’s profile. The Coordinator will report to the ILRF Deputy Director. The Cotton Campaign coordinator will be an independent and innovative worker, with strong communication skills, deep knowledge about human rights and labor rights, and excellent judgement.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Steering Committee to continuously develop and implement the campaign strategy, working with committee members to identify advocacy opportunities and to support them to lead on advocacy efforts within their area of expertise.
  • Communicate regularly with the broader set of civil society and business stakeholders engaged in the campaign, including businesses, business associations, trade unions, investors and NGOs.
  • Ensure effective information sharing among coalition participants and stakeholders.
  • Facilitate regular steering committee meetings and support ongoing communications between meetings.
  • Oversee coalition working groups, including those on communications and fundraising; facilitate their operating and maintain effective coordination among them.
  • Work with the Steering Committee to identify and engage new allies for the coalition.
  • Produce specific work products for the coalition, such as reports, letters and public statements, and support coalition participants to produce campaign-related documents.
  • Manage drafting, revising and collecting signatures for joint letters addressed sent on behalf of the coalition.
  • Arrange and support coalition meetings with key stakeholders, including governments, companies, international institutions and investors.
  • Fundraise for the campaign’s work to continue, including by working with the development team, managing relations with funders, and writing grant proposals and reports.
  • Conduct an evaluation and strategic review to inform campaign’s work going forward.
  • Manage, develop, and maintain www.cottoncampaign.org, the Coalition’s website.
  • Manage the Campaign Twitter and Facebook accounts and support coalition participants to use their respective social media to advance campaign strategies.
  • Pitch campaign-related stories to traditional media, and support coalition partners to engage traditional media to cover the campaign issues.
  • Participate fully in ILRF strategy development, policy analysis and campaign planning, supporting ILRF’s overall mission and contributing to staff collaboration and team building.
  • Report on Cotton Campaign and related supply chain analysis to the ILRF board and other key constituents as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in social justice and/or policy advocacy campaigns.
  • Experience working to support labor and human rights.
  • Experience in coalition building and facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogue.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, manage work streams and budgets, multi-task, and work creatively.
  • Experience developing and leading implementation of a strategic plan.
  • Well organized and strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent communications skills, including listening, writing, editing, and speaking.
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of Russian and/or Uzbek helpful.
  • Knowledge and experience using multi-media tools, including social media.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Compensation:  Salary range for this position is between $58,000 and $70,000.  ILRF has a generous benefits package. 

To apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and an advocacy style writing sample to employment [at] ilrf.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled. Application review will begin on December 12, 2018.

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.


 

Job Opening: Seafood Campaign Coordinator

ILRF seeks a Seafood Campaign Coordinator to lead its ongoing program to advance workers’ rights in the seafood industry, providing support for other ILRF programs as needed. 

This position will require knowledge of international labor rights and supply chain compliance programs. An ideal candidate is one who has worked with a labor union and/or is interested in working with a small, fast-paced NGO and is an independent, innovative and driven individual. Proficiency or fluency in Thai, Burmese, or Bahasa preferred and knowledge of the Thai seafood sector and/or civil society organizations a plus. The Seafood Campaign Coordinator must possess strong writing skills and the ability to work effectively in diverse coalitions.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement policy advocacy strategy to promote workers’ rights in the seafood industry.
  • Build networks with organized labor, NGOs, corporations and government agencies in order to advance greater legal protections for workers’ rights.
  • Write and publish policy analysis and articles advocating industry and legal reforms.
  • Engage trade unions and NGOs to build consensus or support for more effective corporate accountability in the seafood industry.
  • Research, draft and support ILRF policy analysis and advocacy, including submissions such as GSP petitions, comments on the U.S. Trafficking in Person’s Report or to the EU DG MARE Catch Certification Scheme.
  • Conduct research on relevant topics and publish analytic reports with policy and campaign recommendations.
  • Develop/maintain expertise in leading social certification initiatives and government enforcement mechanisms for promoting respect for labor rights in global supply chains.
  • Work closely with campaign staff to develop campaign strategies and outreach to supporters and build coalitions with unions, human rights, trafficking, and environmental groups.    
  • Conduct grant management, proposal writing and reporting. 

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years work experience on labor and human rights issues, preferably with an international focus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and lead work streams.
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively within coalitions. 
  • Fluency in English a must; fluency in Thai, Burmese, or Bahasa is helpful.
  • Bachelor’s degree required and graduate degree in law or public policy preferred.

Salary commensurate with experience. Location: Thailand, preferred, or Washington, DC. If based in Thailand, the initial contract may be a full-time consultancy.

To apply:  Email cover letter, resume, and a sample of policy-related writing or a copy of a report to employment [at] ilrf.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Position will be 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.


Internships

For spring 2019, we have openings for students who receive federal work-study funding. We also welcome inquiries for summer 2019 positions from students receiving other funding or credit from their universities or through Fulbright or similar programs. 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.