Uyghur Program Specialist/Staff Attorney  

Organizational Background

Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF) is a newly merged organization bringing strategic capacity to cross sectoral work on global value chains and labor migration corridors.  GLJ-ILRF holds global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains; advances policies and laws that protect decent work and just migration; and strengthens freedom of association, new forms of bargaining, and worker organizations. 

Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour Background

GLJ-ILRF is a co-founder of the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region, a coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions united to end state-sponsored forced labor and other egregious human rights abuses against people from the Uyghur Region in China, known to local people as East Turkistan. The coalition is calling on leading brands and retailers to ensure that they are not supporting or benefiting from the pervasive and extensive forced labor of the Uyghur population and other Turkic and Muslim-majority peoples, perpetrated by the Chinese government. The coalition urges national governments to strengthen and enforce existing laws prohibiting trade in goods produced using forced labor, and to adopt and implement binding laws requiring human rights due diligence in supply chains. The coalition is further committed to working with multilateral organizations like the ILO and OECD to use their mechanisms to end forced labor in the Uyghur Region as well as forced labor and human trafficking of people from these communities. We call on governments, MSIs, brands, and other stakeholders to implement measures to challenge this abusive system and together build the economic and political pressure on the Chinese government to end forced labor in the Uyghur Region.

Position Summary

The Program Specialist/Staff Attorney will play a key role in coordinating and shaping GLJ-ILRF’s program of work on the Uyghur Region. The Program Specialist/Staff Attorney will be responsible for working on legal, research, corporate accountability and policy initiatives to end forced labor and other abuses against Uyghurs and coordinate work across program areas. The Program Specialist/Staff Attorney will also work with the Forced Labor Program Director, and other staff, to represent GLJ/ILRF within the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region. The position includes: staffing coalition subgroups, participating in coalition events and activities and ensuring that coalition work is communicated effectively among relevant GLJ-ILRF staff; conducting legal research on legal actions and relevant evidentiary standards for accountability and enforcement measures across multiple jurisdictions; with the Research Director, analyzing supply chain research to support legal and policy actions; with the Legal and Policy Director drafting letters, memos, briefs, petitions, and recommendations to promote policy measures to achieve accountability for forced labor and other abuses; brief Congressional staff; supporting GLJ-ILRF’s work to engage companies to commit to take action to cut ties with Uyghur forced labor, monitor those commitments, and hold corporations accountable; developing communications materials to support GLJ-ILRF’s work; identifying leverage points to advance the work with international and multilateral organizations and developing materials for engaging these institutions.

The Program Specialist/Staff Attorney will be an independent and innovative worker, with strong communication and writing skills, knowledge about human rights and labor rights, human rights research and advocacy, demonstrated commitment to Uyghur and labor rights, excellent judgment and the ability to work well with a diverse group of stakeholders. The Program Specialist/Staff Attorney will report to the Forced Labor Program Director.

Key Responsibilities

The Program Specialist/Staff Attorney will bring legal, labor, human rights, corporate accountability, and regional expertise to research, policy, corporate engagement, and coalition work of the GLJ-ILRF and the coalition:

Staffing the Coalition

  • In coordination with other staff members, ensure GLJ-ILRF is represented on relevant coalition subgroups, including chairing/leading subgroups as necessary.
  • Participate in coalition meetings, decision-making processes, and strategy-setting.
  • In coordination with GLJ-ILRF staff and coalition members, participate in drafting letters, notes, memos, and other work products.
  • In coordination with GLJ-ILRF staff and coalition members, engage with companies to secure their commitments to the coalition’s Call to Action; monitor those commitments; take actions to hold companies accountable for complicity in forced labor or failure to take adequate measures to end ties to forced labor.
  • Coordinate communication about coalition activities among GLJ-ILRF staff.

Legal, Research, and Policy Work

  • Work closely with the Forced Labor Program Director to set the direction of GLJ-ILRF’s program of work on Uyghur Forced labor and to communicate and coordinate this work across staff and program areas and with relevant partners.
  • Conduct legal research on accountability and enforcement actions and relevant evidentiary standards across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Analyze supply chain research and other evidence to identify possible corporate liability for forced labor and other violations;
  • Research and draft legal memos, policy briefs, letters, and recommendations to promote relevant policy measures and for use in advocacy and submissions.
  • Conduct advocacy with government, corporate, and other interlocutors.
  • Assist with fundraising and outreach for the GLJ-ILRF’s work to continue and grow, including by working with the development team, briefing donors, and drafting grant proposals and reports.
  • Work with the Communications team to develop materials for GLJ-ILRF’s social media presence and website.
  • Draft letters, op-eds, and other communications materials and pitch stories to traditional media highlighting the work.
  • Use skills and experience to contribute to and inform other GLJ-ILRF program areas.

The candidate will also be a member of the GLJ-ILRF staff including participating in organizational strategy development, policy analysis and campaign planning, supporting GLJ-ILRF’s overall mission and contributing to staff collaboration and team building.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have East Turkistan regional expertise and Uyghur and/or Mandarin language skills. Strong legal research, writing, communication, and coalition building skills with experience and ability to excel at the following key responsibilities are also important.

Strong Candidates will have:

  • A law degree or other graduate degree with a focus on labor policy, human rights, corporate accountability, or regional studies or commensurate work experience. 
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in corporate accountability, human rights, labor rights, or civil society activism.
  • Policy or advocacy experience; policy, political discourse and providing comprehensive analysis, Experience engaging elected officials a plus.
  • Specific, measurable wins from coalition based corporate and/or policy campaigns.
  • Experience in moving coalition strategic planning from development through implementation to evaluation and engaging with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to produce high quality written work product on fast turn arounds.
  • Experience in legal and human rights research, methodology, and advocacy, including using a range of legal and policy mechanisms to promote corporate and government accountability.
  • Excellent communications skills, including listening, writing, editing, and speaking.
  • Knowledge and experience using multimedia tools, including social media.
  • Strong skills in information management, organization, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work well under pressure, manage work streams, multi-task, and work creatively.
  • Interest and ability to travel as the work requires. 

Job status: Full-time, exempt, member of IFPTE Local 70 Bargaining Unit.

Salary Range: $75,000-85,000 plus benefits including full medical coverage for employee and family.

Supervisor: Forced Labor Program Director

Location: Washington, D.C. preferred; Remote work also considered.

GLJ- 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.