2019 Labor Rights Defenders Awards


Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Our awards ceremony brings together policy leaders, labor activists and an increasingly diverse group of internationalists who know that human rights and economic justice depend on the ability of workers and their advocates to speak out and defend human rights at work. We honor trailblazers, both nationally and internationally, for their innovation and visionary leadership in labor rights advocacy, from fighting for safe and just working conditions to demanding corporate accountability. 


Cotton Campaign 10th Anniversary Celebration


Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Please join a reception for partners and allies (former, current and hopefully future!) of the Cotton Campaign to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. The reception will take place on March 20, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the AFL-CIO central lobby at 815 16th St NW, Washington, DC. We hope to see you there to mark a decade of our advocacy work to end forced labor in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

CAFTA Guatemala Labor Arbitration Panel Discussion


Friday, March 9, 2018 - 3:30pm

In 2017, an international arbitration panel ruled against the United States in a case it brought under the labor chapter of the Dominican Republic - Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA). Though the panel found that the Government of Guatemala failed to enforce its labor laws, it ruled that the U.S. failed to establish that these violations were “in a manner affecting trade.” The decision has been widely criticized for its excessively narrow interpretation of the labor chapter.

Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am

A Breakfast Series Inspired by Sustainable Development Goal #5
Eliminate All Forms of Violence Against All Women and Girls

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) welcome you to this breakfast briefing series exploring each element of UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5, “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls Everywhere.”

The State of Labor: A Panel Discussion on Current Trends and Issues in the Global Workforce.


Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:30pm

Join Sigma Iota Rho as they host: Philip A. Miscimarra, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, Andy Shen, Senior Legal & Policy Analyst for the International Labor Rights Forum, and Tara Sinclair, Co-Director for the GW Economic Forecasting Program for a discussion on the state of labor. This event seeks to bring together both the economic and rights-based perspectives for a holistic approach to labor topics, such as policy approaches to unemployment, "living wages," automation, the sharing economy, and the increasingly globalized nature of the workforce.

Food Workers Resist!


Monday, October 30, 2017 - 5:30pm

The evening will highlight the important work of Alliance members and allies in DC and beyond.  Please join us for panel discussions and an information sharing on how food workers are resisting poverty wages + injustice and instead helping build an equitable food system in the US and around the world.  All proceeds will support the Food Chain Workers Alliance

NAFTA Petition Delivery Action


Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 8:30am

The broad coalition that derailed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will deliver more than 100,000 petitions demanding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) be replaced with a deal that benefits working people as witnesses arrive for hearings on NAFTA renegotiation at the International Trade Commission. This follows the unprecedented submission of more than 50,000 comments to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) docket on NAFTA talks by people from cities and towns across the United States.