GLJ-ILRF Staff

  • Allison Gill, Legal Director
  • Bhakti Bhosale, Finance Associate
  • Caitlin Hoover, Chief Operating Officer
  • Danielle Douglass, Research Coordinator
  • David Assouline, Hospitality Organizing Director
  • Ecram Tedrose, Office Administrator and Logistics Associate
  • Jacob Horwitz, Field Director
  • Jeeva Muhil, Garment Campaign Organizer
  • Jennifer (JJ) Rosenbaum, Executive Director
  • Johanna Lee, Staff Attorney
  • Jonathan Parhusip, Seafood Campaign Organizer
  • Mandi Jackson, Strategic Research Director
  • Nathan Benevides, Development Manager
  • Noah Dobin-Bernstein, Lead Campaign Organizer - Americas
  • Patricia Ndimantang, Forced Labor Policy Fellow
  • Raluca Dumitrescu, Senior Cotton Campaign Coordinator
  • Rebecca Rosefelt, Staff Attorney
  • Roger Ghatt, Chief Financial Officer
  • Sahiba Gill, Senior Staff Attorney
  • Sandra Mendoza, Lead Campaign Organizer - Central America
  • Valery Alzaga, Deputy Director

allison [at] ilrf.org (Allison Gill, )Legal Director

Allison Gill is a human rights lawyer, researcher, and advocate. She joined ILRF in August 2019 as the Senior Cotton Campaign Coordinator, leading the strategy for a multi-stakeholder coalition to eliminate forced and child labor in cotton production in Central Asia and to open space for organizing and workers’ rights.

She has deep experience as a human rights investigator and advocate, with more than 20 years of experience working in the countries of the former Soviet Union. In addition to forced and child labor, Allison has researched and advocated on issues such as torture and ill-treatment, rule of law, religious persecution, arbitrary detention, migrant labor, freedoms of speech and association, and national security laws. Before joining ILRF, she was Senior Research and Policy Advisor to the Uzbek Forum, where she authored numerous reports and submissions to international bodies on forced labor in the cotton sector in Uzbekistan, among other issues, developed research methodology and trained field monitors, oversaw independent monitoring of cotton farms participating in a sustainable cotton pilot program, and served on the steering committee of the Cotton Campaign.

Previously, Allison has consulted for numerous human rights organizations, was the Russia director for Human Rights Watch, based in Moscow, and the Uzbekistan researcher for Human Rights Watch, based in Tashkent. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University with concentrations in international human rights law and conflict resolution; a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Swarthmore College.


bhaktibhosale [at] globallaborjustice.org (Bhakti Bhosale, Finance Associate)

Bhakti is an accomplished finance professional with a proven record of driving financial excellence and strategic growth. She refined her analytical skills and financial expertise by receiving a CMA certification and a Master's degree in Finance from the University of Pune - India. With over 7 years of finance experience, Bhakti adeptly navigates intricate financial landscapes. Proficient in financial modeling and data visualization, she communicates effectively with diverse stakeholders. Bhakti's collaborative spirit forges strong partnerships with cross-functional teams, aligning financial strategies with business goals. Actively pursuing the CFA Certification, she contributes significantly to the GLJ-ILRF team, shaping budgeting, forecasting, risk assessment, and driving long-term sustainability and growth.


caitlinhoover [at] globallaborjustice.org (Caitlin Hoover, Chief Operating Officer)

Caitlin Hoover is a nonprofit management professional. She is committed 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 five continents. She also brings a strong lens of how to make technology work for global teams and organizations. Caitlin is determined, energetic, and focused on building secure practices that strengthen organizational and advocacy outcomes. Caitlin holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. 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 students’ work-study and healthcare rights. She is thrilled to bring her passion, life experiences, and organizational talent to GLJ.


danielledouglas [at] globallaborjustice.org (Danielle Douglas, Research Coordinator)

Dani Douglas is a researcher, advocate, and educator serving as Research Coordinator at GLJ-ILRF, where she draws on her background in qualitative research and policy analysis to support work around labor migration. Dani has contributed to projects for domestic and international organizations on topics ranging from labor rights to migration, rural economic development, and access to social services. She is passionate about community engagement and has provided direct support to the families of migrant farmworkers in upstate New York, taught English as a second language with AmeriCorps in Colorado, and spent time as a journalist in Morocco writing on the local impacts of solar energy development projects. Dani holds an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a B.A. in Anthropology and International Relations from the University of Rochester.


dassouline [at] globallaborjustice.org (David Assouline, Hospitality Organizing Director)

David Assouline spent five years organizing academic workers before becoming an organizer with Unite Here. He worked with Unite Here as an organizer for 15 years, working on campaigns to unionize hotel, airport, and casino workers across the United States. For the last two years, he has been organizing workers at hotels financed by development banks such as the World Bank. Within GLJ-ILRF, David is continuing his work to build worker power and assist unions and workers’ rights groups in Africa and the Caribbean. David lives in Washington, DC, and enjoys riding his motorcycle and making furniture in his spare time.


EcramTedrose [at] globallaborjustice.org (Ecram Tedrose, Office Administrator and Logistics Associate)

Ecram is a dedicated advocate for social justice and labor rights, with a strong passion for helping marginalized communities. As a first-generation American and native of Washington D.C., she brings a unique perspective to her work. She holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Philosophy, reflecting her commitment to understanding the complexities of the justice system and exploring ethical perspectives. Her commitment to prison abolition and creating a more equitable society is evident in her work and personal values. Having interned at Voices Unbarred, she had the privilege of contributing to the organization’s mission of amplifying the voices of returning citizens. She also assisted in organizing and facilitating theater performances that showcased the experiences and challenges faced by individuals impacted by incarceration. While working events at Politics and Prose, she attended a talk by labor organizer Saket Soni, author of The Great Escape and became interested in the labor rights movement and decided to seek out opportunities in the field. She is driven by a genuine desire to make a positive impact in the lives of others and to create a future where every individual, regardless of their past, can find support, opportunity, and a chance to thrive.


jacob [at] globallaborjustice.org (Jacob Horwitz, 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, McDonald's, 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 guest workers fought and won permanent immigration protections, increased wages, and improved working conditions in food processing, hospitality, and construction.


jeevamuhil [at] globallaborjustice.org (Jeeva Muhil, Garment Campaign Organizer)

As Garment Campaign Organizer, Jeeva works to co-strategize and execute powerful transnational labor rights campaigns with GLJ-ILRF’s core garment supply chain partners. Jeeva is deeply committed to building strong, transformational partnerships between unions and other grassroots worker organizations in the U.S. and garment worker unions in the Global South based on shared values, mutual self-interest, and a common understanding of the global economy. She learned to organize from the incredible rank-and-file leaders and staff members in two fighting unions, UNITE HERE and The Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Jeeva was a shop steward at UNITE HERE 274 while working as a bartender at the Philadelphia International Airport. Later, she became a strategic researcher at the SEIU 32BJ, where she co-developed campaigns to set and raise working standards in the property service sector. Jeeva has campaigned with workers from a variety of sectors, including airport workers, restaurant workers, hotel workers, custodians, public sector workers, and security guards.

Jeeva became involved with international organizing through the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), where she coordinated rapid response support for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) union leaders under threat.

She still makes a mean margarita and has a deep and abiding love for Jackie Chan.


jjrosenbaum [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 a 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 approach 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 and labor migration. JJ is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Harvard Law School. Follow her on Twitter at @rosenbaumjj


johannalee [at] globallaborjustice.org (Johanna Lee, Staff Attorney)

Johanna Lee is a human rights lawyer focused on promoting migrant workers’ rights and advancing corporate accountability to eliminate child and forced labor in global supply chains. Before joining the team as a staff attorney, Johanna worked with GLJ-ILRF as a Legal Fellow, engaging in legal and policy advocacy efforts to support the organization’s Seafood Campaign, as well as serving as a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, in Thailand. Previously, during law school, Johanna engaged in anti-human trafficking efforts through her fellowship with the Human Trafficking Institute and summer internships with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) in Los Angeles and Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW) in Phnom Penh. Johanna also contributed to human rights advocacy projects and immigration cases through Harvard Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, The Ghana Project Clinic, Immigration, and Refugee Advocacy Clinic, and an Independent Clinical at the Immigration Center for Women and Children. Johanna holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.A. in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), and an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College.


JonathanParhusip [at] globallaborjustice.org (Jonathan Parhusip, Seafood Campaign Organizer)

Jonathan is a doctoral student (2020 - present) at the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies of the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. His doctoral research explores the employment practices, solidarity, and activism of Southeast Asian migrant fishers on Taiwanese fishing vessels and at the ports. He has published several peer-reviewed articles related to migrant workers in Taiwan. Previously, he worked as an interpreter for an Indonesian labor union and a researcher and consultant for Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) (Jan-Dec 2022) and Humanity Research Consultancy (Nov 2022-May 2023) in Taiwan. He has worked voluntarily at Stella Maris Kaohsiung, providing free translations, case profiling, port visits, and advocacy work for migrant workers in Taiwan. Currently, he serves as GLJ-ILRF’s campaign organizer for the Wi-Fi Now for Migrant Fishers’ Rights! campaign.


mandijackson [at] globallaborjustice.org (Mandi Jackson, Strategic Research Director)

Mandi Isaacs Jackson has two decades of strategy, research, and leadership development experience in the labor movement, community and political organizing, and the non-profit sector. She worked as an organizer and researcher with UNITE-HERE, where she organized and led strategic research campaigns in the academic and hospitality sectors and led community and political programs to increase community access to good union jobs and build worker power within global corporations and institutions. She has also served as executive director of a community-based nonprofit organization, worked as a teacher, professor, and community educator/activist, and consulted on leadership development, research, and campaign strategy work in the nonprofit and social movement sector nationally. She has published book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in the fields of urban studies, history, and labor and community studies, and her book Model City Blues: Urban Space and Organized Resistance in New Haven, (Temple University Press, 2008) won the 2008 Jane Jacobs Publication Award from the Urban Communication Foundation. Mandi received her Ph.D. from Yale University, her BA from Northwestern University, and her education from the labor movement.


nathanbenevides [at] globallaborjustice.org (Nathan Benevides, Development Manager)

Nathan Benevides is a nonprofit management professional with over 7 years of experience implementing fundraising and development strategies for global nonprofit organizations. Across a background in diverse fields ranging from climate organizing, to media development, and labor rights in global supply chains, he has a proven track record in grant writing, research and program design, and stewarding funder relationships. Prior to his career in development, Nathan contributed to research on the sustainability of media start-ups in the Global South, on the effectiveness of ILO programs on improving policy outcomes for garment workers in Jordan, and on the effectiveness of addiction-related interventions among HIV-affected populations in New York City. Nathan holds a BA in International Relations from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA, and a Master's in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.


noah [at] globallaborjustice.org (Noah Dobin-Bernstein, Lead Campaign Organizer - Americas)

Noah took part in a mass civil disobedience for racial and worker justice when he was 17 years old and hasn’t looked back since. He spent 9 years as an organizer of hospitality workers in Chicago and Northwest Indiana with UNITE HERE, where he learned from an incredibly talented and gutsy team of organizers and rank-and-file leaders. Noah moved to Buenos Aires in 2019 and began several organizing projects with unions in the region before joining GLJ-ILRF in 2020. While he still feels more comfortable on a picket line than in a Zoom call, Noah is thrilled to once again work with an ambitious team to support workers who fight for equality throughout the Americas and the world. With GLJ-ILRF, Noah has collaborated with regional partners to train dozens of new organizers and build campaigns in Perú, Colombia, Jamaica, Chile, and elsewhere.


patricia [at] ilrf.org (Patricia Ndimantang, Forced Labor Policy Fellow)

Patricia is a professional in the field of Public Policy and International Development. Currently serving as a Policy Fellow within GLJ-ILRF’s Forced Labor program, her primary focus lies in leveraging import bans, trade tools, and other mechanisms to promote freedom of association and bargaining rights and win remedies for workers in global supply chains. Her work includes a gender lens and ensures that trade tools and policies of international institutions reflect standards enshrined in ILO Convention 190.

Patricia's career commenced within the Nigerian Government's Ministry of Youth and Sports, stationed in Oyo State. During her tenure, she actively contributed to development programs aimed at empowering underprivileged youth with sports and business skills. Working closely with over 120 young people, she successfully designed and coordinated projects to enhance their vocational and ICT proficiencies. Additionally, Patricia has worked to eradicate child labor and promote education in Nigeria and West Africa by raising funds for low-income inner-city communities and providing community members with income-generating skills and start-up capital.

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and literary studies from Madonna University, Nigeria, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from George Washington University.


raluca [at] ilrf.org (Raluca Dumitrescu, Senior Cotton Campaign Coordinator)

Raluca is a labor rights specialist focused on global cotton supply chains. She has experience in corporate accountability campaigns, policy advocacy, labor rights research, and training development. At GLJ-ILRF, Raluca is the coordinator of the Cotton Campaign, leading engagement with labor partners and global brands and retailers to end forced labor and promote decent work for cotton workers in Central Asia.

Before joining GLJ-ILRF, Raluca was for 4 years a part of the team coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Bangladesh Accord, a legally binding agreement between over 200 global apparel brands and trade unions to improve factory safety in the garment industry in Bangladesh. Prior to this, she served as the Campaigns Coordinator at Child Helpline International, engaging with governments and telecom and ICT stakeholders to fund and expand national child helplines.

Raluca graduated cum laude from the School of Advanced Studies, University of London (UK), where she obtained an MA degree in Human Rights. She also holds an MA degree in Comparative Arts from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL) and a BSc degree in Public Relations from the School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest (RO).


rebeccarosefelt [at] globallaborjustice.org (Rebecca Rosefelt, Staff Attorney)

Rebecca is an attorney and policy wonk whose interest in worker rights stems from her time working in NYC’s garment industry. Before joining GLJ-ILRF’s Forced Labor Program, she focused on garment worker rights with Justice in Fashion and now sits on its Board of Directors. Prior to that, she served as the Legal and Policy Fellow at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, where she focused on mandatory human rights due diligence legislation. Rebecca engaged in other human rights and employment-related legal work at a variety of organizations while at the University of Minnesota Law School, including the ACLU of Minnesota. In 2016, she was awarded the Human Rights Center Fellowship to work with Juvenile Justice Advocates International in Mexico, where she joined a case study on juvenile pretrial detention. A year later, she advocated for shortened detention limits before several UN committees and eventually published her findings in the Minnesota Journal of International Law. Rebecca strives to apply an intersectional lens in her work and life and keeps an unreasonably long book list to satisfy that goal.


roger [at] ilrf.org (Roger Ghatt, Chief Financial Officer)

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, )Senior Staff Attorney (she/her)

Sahiba is senior staff attorney at GLJ-ILRF, where she advocates for unions and workers in global supply chains, focusing on migrant, racial and gender justice. Sahiba holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and is a graduate of New York University School of Law. 

Previously, Sahiba provided legal support to organizations defending migrant worker rights in the Arabian Gulf as an Arthur Helton Human Rights Fellow. During law school, she was a student advocate in the NYU Law Global Justice Clinic and an Ella Baker intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Sahiba volunteered with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and the NYU Coalition for Fair Labor, where she wrote a report on workers’ rights at NYU Abu Dhabi. Sahiba’s writing has been published in the European Journal of International Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York.


Sandra Mendoza, Lead Campaign Organizer - Central America

Sandra is a labor and community organizer, and social justice advocate, with over fifteen years of experience working with unions, human rights, and advocacy groups across the United  States to empower,  organize and strengthen low-income communities and vulnerable populations. She has worked on numerous political, electoral, and organizing campaigns that included airport, food service, distribution centers, industrial laundries, and hospitality workers in the South with UNITE, UNITE HERE, and Workers United-SEIU unions. Sandra worked as a human rights investigator monitoring the Fair Food Program, a worker-led, market-driven social responsibility initiative to ensure compliance with the human-rights code of conduct that included zero tolerance for forced labor and sexual assault. In this role, she conducted field investigations of human and labor rights violations in migrant worker camps, including incidents of discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment experienced by female farmworkers in tomato fields in Florida. Before GLJ-ILRF, Sandra was Senior Manager of Community Impact with United Way Suncoast where she built strategic collaboratives and managed community partnerships to successfully established a family resource center and an after-school program, both place-based initiatives which provided community resources and services, and education equity to low-income neighborhoods that greatly reduced social and economic barriers to access. Sandra is originally from El Salvador and is fluent in Spanish.


valery.alzaga [at] globallaborjustice.org (Valery Alzaga, Deputy Director)

Valery Alzaga is a labor and migrant rights campaigner and organizer with more than 20 years of organizing experience across a range of different sectors - including property services, care, transport, health, retail, IT, renewable energies, and auto-manufacturing. She started as an organizer with the Justice for Janitors campaign before becoming the Property Service Director at Local 105 in Denver, where she also was the president of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. She then worked for SEIU’s global department helping win and implement breakthrough global cleaning and security organizing agreements (ISS, Securitas, G4S). From 2008 to 2015, she was the European organizing coordinator with the Change to Win European Organising Centre (CTW-EOC) based in Amsterdam, working with many European unions and sectors to help them develop their own strategic organizing campaigns and programs - including FNV (NL), UNISON and Unite (UK), IG Metal and ver.di (DE), 3F (DK), Solidarnoc (PL), SATAWU (SA) and GUFS (ITF and UNI). Since 2015 she has worked in UK public sector unions organizing anti-privatization and EU and non-EU migrant rights campaigns. From 2018 to 2021, Valery was a field campaign strategist and advisor to Barcelona and Catalynia en Comu in Spain. She has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver and the Libera Universita Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) in Rome and studied at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS). She is a proud mom of two and a great fan of the arts, philosophy, quantum physics, and the beautiful game.


GLJ-ILRF employees are affiliated with The Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU), a local of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.

GLJ-ILRF Board of Directors

 
President: Ashwini Sukthankar, UNITE HERE!
Vice President: Lance Compa, Cornell University
Secretary: Sabrineh Ardalan, Harvard School of Law
Treasurer: Katherine Isaac, Executive Director of the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute
  • Alejandra Ancheita, Executive Director of ProDESC
  • Pablo Alvarado, National Day Laborer Organizing Network
  • Raymond Atuguba, Ghana School of Law
  • Anannya Bhattacharjee, Asia Floor Wage Alliance
  • Cathy Feingold, AFL-CIO
  • Bincy Jacob, Consultant
  • Hope Metcalf, Executive Director of the Orville H. Schell Jr. Center for International Human Rights Law 
  • Jennifer (JJ) Rosenbaum, GLJ-ILRF 
  • Erica Smiley, Jobs with Justice
  • Daniel Smith, Amalgamated Transit Union

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