Global Labor Justice/International Labor Rights Forum

Washington, DC

This mentor organization will participate in our fellowship program in 2021. The fellowship description has not been updated yet; the one below is from 2020, before GLJ and ILRF merged. In the meantime, applications are being accepted.

ILRF is dedicated to achieving dignity and justice for workers worldwide.  Founded in 1986, ILRF is built on the belief that workers' ability to exercise their rights at work is a cornerstone of democracy, social justice, and sustained peace and security.

ILRF has pioneered strategies that leverage trade and development policies to secure workers' rights around the world.  Founded by a group that wrote the legislation to place human rights conditionality on US trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), ILRF is a leader in the innovative use of a range of international grievance mechanisms to hold both governments and corporations accountable for labor rights abuses in the global economy.

ILRF advocates for solutions to end egregious labor rights violations, such as child and forced labor, by exposing abuses and promoting workers' rights to organize and bargain collectively.  ILRF works with trade unions, faith-based organizations, and community groups to support workers and their families, leading on initiatives such as: ending the state-sponsored forced labor in Uzbekistan's cotton sector; ending forced and child labor in the global palm oil trade; making apparel factories safe in Bangladesh; establishing labor law clinics in China; and supporting Latin American banana unions' struggle for decent wages and working conditions.

The Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellow will be assigned various legal and policy research and writing projects, which may include: drafting complaints under various non-judicial complaint mechanisms, responding to open comment periods for proposed federal regulations or annual human rights reports, and drafting sections of ILRF reports or policy briefs.   The Summer Fellow will work directly with ILRF's legal and policy staff, and also with the communications team to translate complex legal and policy issues into clear campaign messages.

Applicants should possess excellent research, writing and oral communication skills, and have a demonstrated commitment to the labor movement and/or international human rights.  Fluency in Spanish, French, Bangla, Mandarin, or Russian is preferred, but not required.

The total ten-week stipend for this fellowship will be $6,000.

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to:

Esmeralda Lopez
Legal and Policy Director
International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)
1634 I Street NW, Suite 1001
Washington, DC 20006