JJ is US Director of Global Labor Justice. 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’ centres on transnational grassroots collaborations.
Global Labor Justice (GLJ) is a strategy hub supporting transnational collaboration among worker and migrant organizations to expand labour rights and new forms of bargaining on global value chains and international labour migration corridors. GLJ follows over a decade of work by JJ on the US Gulf Coast where after Hurricane Katrina she 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, labour, and migrants rights strategy for campaigns including the Signal workers, who exposed labour 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 union and employee co-chair of the American Bar Association’s International Labor and Employment Committee and lectures on labor migration and comparative social justice lawyering approaches at Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Gilder Lehrman Center’s Modern Slavery Working Group at Yale University. 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 chains and labour migration. JJ is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the Harvard Law School.
Further information about JJ and her work can be found here.