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 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.

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 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 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

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

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.