Bama Arthreya



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Bama Athreya is a Senior Specialist, Labor and Employment Rights at USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. She has more than twenty years’ experience on international labor, women’s rights and business and human rights, and has worked for the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center, International Labor Rights Forum, Fontheim International and the International Labour Organization. She has developed and led multi-country projects in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia on the rights of working women, on labor law implementation, on forced and child labor, and on ethical business practices. She has developed and led multi-stakeholder initiatives with global corporations on labor compliance, and has worked and written extensively on labor in US trade policy. She served as one of the founding Board members of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium, an entity serving state and city governments in the United States who have adopted legislative or executive commitments to ethical procurement. In 2009 she was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to a special Consultative Group on Forced and Child Labor. She speaks French, Spanish, Chinese and Indonesian. She holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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