Protecting Fishers’ Rights –  A Tackle Box of Rights-Base Tools from the Bureau of International Labor Affairs

Wednesday, November 16 from 11:30-12:45pm ET

During this panel with staff from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, participants will explore an array of policies, resources, and tools designed to protect fishers’ rights along their journey from their home communities, during the recruitment process, and finally out to sea during their employment, and return home. The panelists will share practical case studies of how the tools are used and highlight lessons learned. There will be live Q&A and an opportunity to crowdsource other tools through audience polls.

Jarrett Basedow

Technical Coordinator – Supply Chains, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of International Affairs

Jarrett Basedow has over 20 years of experience in human rights and international development, focused on business and human rights and economic response and recovery. He has provided strategic direction, direct management, and technical and financial oversight to over $20 million in programs serving mobile and vulnerable populations, from migrant workers in Southeast Asia to refugees in Lebanon.  He has worked with global retailers and brands on improving human rights due diligence, grievance mechanisms, remediation, and recruitment of workers throughout their supply chains, and also directed on-the-ground teams providing assistance to hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in the seafood, electronics, agriculture, and garment sectors. As Technical Coordinator – Supply Chains at the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of International Affairs, he supports research and policies to improve knowledge of forced labor and child labor and to improve transparency in global supply chains. Jarrett holds an MPA and MA in International Studies (focus on economic development) from the University of Washington.

Holly Christofferson

International Relations Specialist in the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking’s Asia, Middle East, Europe Division in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs

Holly Christofferson is an International Relations Specialist in the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking’s Asia, Middle East, Europe Division in the U.S. Department of Labor’sBureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB). Ms. Christofferson manages a portfolio of technical assistance projects to counter child labor and forced labor, including forced labor in fishing in ASEAN. She has also implemented projects focused on addressing forced labor in distant water fishing and seafood processing in Southeast Asia. Ms. Christofferson holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara, and a M.A.P from Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Tina Faulkner

Senior International Relations Officer in the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Division of the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking

Ms. Faulkner is a Senior International Relations Officer in the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Division of the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, which is part of the Bureau of International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Faulkner manages the office’s largest technical assistance project to combat child labor and forced labor internationally, provides oversight for several grant-funded research projects on child labor and forced labor, and serves as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for certain global projects funded by USDOL. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies.

Carter Quinley

International Affairs Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Child Labor, Foced Labor and Human Trafficking

Carter has 10+ years of experience with the counter-trafficking movement. She believes in harnessing the power of partnership, having worked with nongovernmental, government, and multilateral organizations across Asia to address child and forced labor. At its start, Carter helped to develop Freedom Collaborative and served as FC’s Thailand Ambassador. Additionally, she was the Strategic Partnerships Director at a non-profit organization providing access to justice for survivors of trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Carter is a part-time faculty member at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She also serves on the board of The Freedom Story, an organization preventing human trafficking through education. An American national by birth, she was raised in rural and urban Thailand and is fluent in Thai.

Laura VanVoorhees

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs

Laura Van Voorhees commands over 15 years of experience supporting democracy and governance work globally. At the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Laura oversees technical assistance with U.S. DOL funding including the Decent Work in Fishing project implemented by the ILO in Peru and Ecuador. Laura has contributed to the work of the Ad Hoc Joint Working Group on IUU Fishing through U.S. delegations. Laura organized industry roundtables to identify and address forced labor in the fishing sector with Verite. Laura is a Human Sea Project Writer with the Maritime and Oceanic Law Centre, University of Nantes, France.

Dr. Anne M. Zollner

Chief, Office of Trade and Labor Affairs Bureau of International Labor Affairs, United States Department of Labor

Dr. Anne Zollner serves as a Chief in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs at the U.S.Department of Labor. In this capacity she represents the Department of Labor in development and implementation of U.S. policy related to multilateral and bilateral trade and investment issues, all in order to make improvements in respect for worker rights around the world. She participates in the negotiation of U.S. free trade agreements, the administration ofU.S. trade preference programs, including the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and on key sectoral issues like fishing and mining. Through her leadership the Division has devoted substantial resources to workers rights issues in the context of international trade, including the implementation and enforcement of the worker rights’ provisions of U.S. trade legislation. Dr. Zollner has worked in the field of international labor for more than fifteen years. While she has concentrated the majority of her work on labor rights, Dr. Zollner has also worked in the areas of women’s issues, human rights, civic education, and civil society. Her prior experiences include serving as a consultant to the World Bank and directing a project on the impacts of privatization on women’s labor force participation in Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. She has spoken on and authored various articles on women’s human rights in the transition to a market-based economy. Dr. Zolliner holds Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan.

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