Justice in Motion, formerly known as Global Workers Justice Alliance, was founded by Cathleen Caron in 2005 to challenge a developing and under-addressed crisis in the globalizing economy: abused migrant workers being shut out of the justice system because they returned home to their families. Formerly an attorney defending the rights of migrant workers in Florida, she saw this denial of justice across borders again and again. Her experience was similar to other advocates across the United States, and she soon realized that the need for portable justice was not confined to North America. It was a global phenomenon.
Forcing workers to choose between enforcing their rights or going home is unjust. Her earlier experience working with human rights defenders in Guatemala, who put their lives on the line to pursue justice, led her to the notion that bringing advocates together from both sides of the border could be a way to ensure that workers would no longer have to abandon their rights.
What started in a small New York City apartment, has now grown into a thriving organization that continues to make difference in the lives of thousands of transnational migrants.
Business is global. People are global. Justice should be too.
Protect migrant rights by ensuring justice across borders.
Program & Development Assistant
Isabelle comes to Justice in Motion from Stanford University, where she graduated with BAs in Anthropology and Spanish. As an activist and nonprofit professional, she has striven to build empathy and power in a range of social justice movements. She spent four months working with Kichwa communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon, recording hours of interviews with families while doubling as an interpreter for a Kichwa-owned tour agency. While at Stanford, she helped run student groups and campaigns educating students about environmental justice and resource conservation. Her honors thesis and published research in anthropology and literature merged her passions for human rights and environmental defense, examining the complex and contentious ways that the Amazonian Kichwa families she worked with positioned themselves relative to global flows of resources, funds, and ideas. Isabelle is both thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to fight for migrants’ rights alongside the Justice in Motion team.
Operations & Development Assistant
Phillip Boyett holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Millsaps College and a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. As a student at Millsaps College, Phillip studied abroad in Mexico and began to work with people who had migrated to the United States. His undergraduate thesis, “Mickey Mouse Conquistador: The Ambivalent Conquest of Yucatan,” touched on topics of migration, consumerism, Disney products, and family values. Working in the region, Phillip gained an intimate perspective on how migration affects individuals and the communities around them. Before attending Tulane University, Phillip served as the program manager for a scholarship program allowing rural middle school students in Yucatan the opportunity to attend high school. His Master’s thesis research focused on understanding the historical, institutional, and social dynamics of the scholarship program and the Mexican education system for rural and indigenous students in general. In addition to this research, Phillip volunteered for the Congress of Day Laborers, a community organization of migrant laborers in New Orleans. All of these experiences have inspired Phillip to continue working with migrants. As Development and Operations Assistant for Justice in Motion, Phillip uses his creativity and dedication to reach supporters and communicate the message of protecting migrant rights across borders.
Founder & Executive Director
Cathleen is an attorney with over twenty years of human rights experience in the United States and abroad. Prior to launching Justice in Motion (formerly known as Global Workers Justice Alliance), she was in East Timor where she directed a national needs assessment of the human trafficking situation for the Alola Foundation, chaired by East Timor’s First Lady.
Additionally, Cathleen worked in Florida as a staff attorney with the Migrant Farmworker Justice Project, successfully litigating class action employment cases on behalf of foreign migrant farmworkers. She also consulted with Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative on labor migration issues, run by the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson. Before entering law school, she worked in Guatemala for over three years where she assisted Guatemalan lawyers in domestic human rights litigation, researched the needs of internally displaced persons in urban squatter settlements, and directed a regional indigenous rights program for the United Nations.
Cathleen is a summa cum laude graduate of the American University Washington College of Law and Dartmouth College. Several institutions have lauded her lifetime commitment to human rights. From her law school she received the Outstanding Law Graduate Award and the Peter Cicchino Award for Outstanding Public Advocacy, as a student then again as an alumnus. Her undergraduate institution awarded her the Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award for Ongoing Commitment. In 2010, the American Constitutional Society bestowed her the David Carliner Public Interest Award.
Finance & Administration Director
Courtney is an accounting professional who blends a passion for social justice with her operational expertise. While conducting fieldwork for her MA in Guatemala, she witnessed first hand the bureaucratic obstacles non-profits must overcome in order to secure funding for even the most basic project. She left academia with a goal of fostering efficiency among small non-profits with big impacts on tiny budgets. She has traveled extensively across Mexico, Guatemala, and South America, where she has seen the need for the work Justice in Motion carries out, and the positive impact this work brings to the families and communities of the region.
In addition to her work at Justice in Motion, she also runs a consulting business out of her home in Los Angeles, CA, where she advises clients on accounting, financial, and operational needs. She is currently pursuing her CPA, and has a goal of receiving her licensing by mid-2018.
Courtney holds a master's degree from UCLA's department of Latin American Studies, and a BA in Economics and Management from Pace University's Lubin School of Business.
Capacity Building & Communications Manager
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Film Television, and Theater department, Yadira Huerta has worked to bring awareness to social justice issues through Latino Arts and Culture throughout her career. While in school, she enrolled in courses aimed at examining social justice, Mexican history, Indigenous cultures, and became active in M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán), where she helped coordinate events and protests with her peers. She traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico, to examine socio-political issues through collaborations with NGO’s such as Educa, Las Razas, Huicholes y Plaguicidas, Eco Alebrijes, and the Rancho Nuevo indigenous community, among others.
She also had the opportunity to work with the legendary Chicano theater, El Teatro Campesino, where she merged her passion for the fair treatment of migrants with her passion for theater and the arts. Committed to advocating through her work, she directed and produced Chicano theater pieces at the University that dealt with a variety social justice issues.
Since then, Yadira has worked as Planning and Development Associate with the Havana Film Festival of New York; and as Director of Communications, Company Manager, and Director of Internship and Volunteer Programs at the Latino International Theater Festival of New York, Inc. (TeatroStageFest) - two of New York’s most prominent non-profit entities showcasing Latino theater, film and arts.
Nan is a bilingual (English/Spanish) employment and civil rights attorney with over two decades’ public interest experience serving migrants in the United States and Latin America through litigation, policy advocacy, capacity building, and community organizing.
Prior to officially joining the Justice in Motion (formerly Global Workers Justice Alliance) team in 2014, Nan represented migrant farmworker clients from Mexico, Haiti, Peru, Jamaica, Thailand, and the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) in state and federal civil litigation while working with legal services in Georgia and New York. Her career highlights include representing farmworker victims in the groundbreaking human trafficking case, U.S. v. Maria Garcia, with their applications for T-visa humanitarian relief. The most formative part of Nan’s professional life to date has been the time spent conducting outreach visits to rural labor camps and listening to farmworkers tell their stories of hard work and personal sacrifice.
Nan is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. Nan works remotely from Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and three children.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mark Caron has spent over twenty years playing a leading role in bringing mobile services to the mass-market; starting with digital wireless services in the 1990s, text messaging in the early 2000s, and the mobile internet and mobile apps in the past decade. Most recently, as the CEO of bMobilized, he was focused on empowering small businesses to take full advantage of the mobile economy.
Prior to bMobilized, Mark was advising startups and companies working on next generation mobile apps, services and technologies. Over time, Mark has advised and/or invested in over twenty mobile startups, including Banjo, ShopKeep, and Verve Mobile. His last company Snac, Inc. developed a fundamentally faster, more compelling way for mobile phone users to access their favorite web services and content, winning the “Top Ten Mobile App of 2009” and the “Best Mobile Innovator of 2009”.
Prior to founding Snac, Mark was Founder/CEO of MobileSpring/Ztango (now part of Real Networks) which launched the first inter-carrier text messaging service and became one of the most profitable mobile startups of the last decade. Before MobileSpring/Ztango, Mark was a co-founder and lead marketing and business development executive at Omnipoint Communications, the first GSM carrier in the Northeast (now part of T-Mobile). Mark started his wireless career at Ericsson as a Product Manager, after working in information systems and telecommunications at GE. He has an AB in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Development & Philanthropy Consultant
Susan Fryberger is an independent development and philanthropy consultant. With a background in fundraising for women's and human rights, and environmental and reproductive health issues, Susan has over 30 years of advocacy-related fund development experience. Susan has consulted with the Environmental Defense Fund (where she also worked in the mid-90’s), Friends of UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund), Equality Now, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and Global Health Partners. Prior to consulting, she led the development departments of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Human Rights First and Population Communications International.
Susan began her career at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She holds a B.S. in French and Business from Pennsylvania State University.
Board Vice President
Director, Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI)
Gretchen Kuhner has worked on issues of migrant human rights in Mexico for over a decade. As the legal coordinator for the NGO, Sin Fronteras, she worked with refugees and migrants and helped establish the first NGO detention project in Mexico City. Between 2005-2010 she worked as a consultant for local and international organizations and foundations concentrating on women and migration, human trafficking and child migrants in transit through Mexico. In 2010 she co-founded the Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI), an NGO that will focus on research and advocacy efforts to improve the migration experiences of women in Mexico, including women in communities of origin.
Behavior Change Expert, Product Manager
Sabrina LeBlanc spent more than 14 years helping millions of people lose weight at Weight Watchers. She was part of the team that founded WeightWatchers.com, establishing one of the Internet's first and most successful subscription-model businesses. She was also a driving force behind the introduction of the PointsPlus diet and other new products and services that combined the latest scientific research with consumer insights. Prior to Weight Watchers, she worked in equity research. She currently sits on the board of Dancewave, a Brooklyn nonprofit dance education center, fundraiser for Brooklyn Friends School and advises several wellness start-up companies. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Professor of Law Director, Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic, Cornell Law School
Professor Beth Lyon directs the Cornell Law School Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic. Professor Lyon's scholarship focuses on migration and human rights law. Professor Lyon holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Masters of Science from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Before starting the Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic at Cornell, Professor Lyon founded and directed a farmworker clinic at Villanova for 15 years.
Prior to that, she was a Staff Attorney with Human Rights First and a Practitioner-in-Residence in the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the Washington College of Law, American University. She is a member of the District of Columbia, New York and Pennsylvania bar associations, and serves on the boards of directors of Latina & Latino Critical Theory, Inc. and the Society of American Law Teachers.
Maria m. Odom
Former DHS CIS Ombudsman & Nonprofit Management Consultant
Maria M. Odom recently served as the DHS Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman in the administration of President Barack Obama. In that role, she worked with community leaders and immigration professionals across the country to improve the quality of citizenship and immigration services delivered to the public. As Ombudsman, Odom reported to and testified before the U.S. Congress regarding systemic issues in our country’s immigration system.
Odom is a nationally recognized legal and policy expert with a wide range of immigration experience in the private, government, and charitable sectors. She previously led the country’s largest network of charitable legal immigration programs as Executive Director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). For a decade, she practiced immigration law in the southeast, leading a successful private practice in the areas of deportation defense, humanitarian protections, as well as business and family-based immigration. Early in her career, Odom served at the U.S. Department of Justice as Assistant District Counsel for the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service and as a judicial law clerk at the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Odom is a graduate of The Florida State University College of Criminology and the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law. She currently supports the nonprofit sector through strategic consulting services in the areas of management and program, resource, and organizational development.
Development Consultant & Human Rights Advocate
Lucrecia Oliva is a Guatemalan independent development consultant and a human rights advocate with more than 30 years of experience advocating on behalf of Guatemalans. From 2003 to 2015, she served as Program Manager of the Priority Policies Area at Catholic Relief Services (CRS). She coordinated CRS’s work on issues such as migrant human rights, migrant labor rights, and peacebuilding while implementing projects related to those issues in concert with local partners. Before joining CRS, she worked at St. Pius Church in Chicago for eleven years. While in Chicago, she co-founded two groups: Organization in Solidarity with the Guatemalan People and Chicago Coalition for Refugees and Displaced in Guatemala. She also served on the board of the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. She currently resides in Guatemala City.
Partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Ken Pasquale is a member of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York, where he has practiced for more than 25 years. He has a diverse litigation practice in which he frequently represents institutional creditors in bankruptcy-related and complex commercial matters, including in some of the largest bankruptcy cases in history. Ken is active in the American Bankruptcy Institute, in which he has served as co-chair of multiple committees and as a faculty member for the ABI Litigation Skills Symposium. He is also a frequent author and lecturer on bankruptcy litigation and related topics, and has repeatedly been selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Rights. Ken devotes time towards pro bono activities through his firm’s Public Interest Project, including representing tenants residing in rent-controlled housing who are seeking to remedy life-threatening conditions in their apartments, and a class of persons with mental illness who are seeking to leave nursing homes to live in the community with appropriate supports. He received a B.B.A. degree in Marketing from Pace University and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
Robert C. Satterwhite, PhD
Founder/Managing Principal, Talent Acuity Group
Robert is the Founder and Managing Principal of Talent Acuity Group, a consulting firm focused on talent management and organizational development. Prior to founding Talent Acuity, Robert was a partner at The Partnering Group (TPG) and a VP at APTMetrics where he provided advice and consultation to clients on human capital challenges. Over his nearly 20 year career, Robert has had a successful track record with more than 30% of the Fortune 100.
Robert received a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University, and a BA in Economics and Spanish from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) as well as a member and board member of Southern Connecticut SHRM and HR.com. Robert has presented over 30 papers in the areas of talent management and org design and in 2014 published a monthly talent selection blog called “Right Person. Right Role. Right Time.”.
Board Compliance Officer
Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission
Pamela Sawhney is an experienced attorney currently serving as Counsel in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Prior to joining the SEC, she practiced at the litigation boutique firm, Kobre & Kim LLP, in New York. Pamela practices in the areas of government enforcement defense and internal investigations with particular emphasis on financial services-related litigation. Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, she practiced at Covington & Burling LLP, where she focused on commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense matters, and internal investigations. Ms. Sawhney also served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Joseph L. Tauro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
In addition to her work as an attorney, Ms. Sawhney has been active for many years in a several non-profit organizations. Ms. Sawhney serves as an Attorney-Mentor for Legal Outreach,an organization that provides extensive support to a group of New York City public school students who have demonstrated potential with the goal of assuring their path to college and a professional career. She has also served as a mentor for PALS, a program designed to assist minorities entering the legal profession.
Program Manager, Adolescent Girls Legal Defense Fund, Equality Now
Christa Stewart, Esq. is the Program Manager for the Adolescent Girls Legal Defense Fund at Equality Now. The program brings cases of girls’ rights before international bodies and advocates before the United Nations.
Prior to this, Ms. Stewart was Coordinator of Human Trafficking Programming and Unaccompanied Children Programs at the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Ms. Stewart was appointed by the Governor to oversee service provision to trafficked persons across New York State. Previously, she served as Director of Legal Services at The Door, a youth development agency in New York City. Ms. Stewart co-founded and directed Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative, providing coordinated services to trafficking victims. She also served as Director of the New York Immigration Hotline at Safe Horizon. Ms. Stewart practiced immigration law and represented individuals seeking immigration relief in defense of deportation cases. Ms. Stewart had earlier served as staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
She has lectured at universities and educational institutions on immigration, women and human rights issues and serves as an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University teaching a course on human trafficking. She served on the Board of Trustees of WomenRising, a domestic violence organization in Jersey City, and is on the Board of Directors of Global Workers Justice Alliance. Ms. Stewart received her B.A. from Binghamton University and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Deputy Legal Director, Immigrant Justice Project, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
Naomi Tsu oversees the SPLC’s legal and advocacy work on behalf of immigrants in the Deep South. She represents clients who have experienced wage theft, discrimination, human trafficking and other abuses. She was counsel for immigrant workers in David v. Signal, one of the largest labor trafficking cases brought in the United States, which resulted in a $14 million jury verdict and for which her team was awarded Public Justice’s 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year award. Naomi also litigates challenges to state anti-immigrant laws and policies, and she advocates at the federal and regional levels on behalf of immigrants’ civil and workplace rights. Prior to joining the SPLC, she graduated from Boalt Hall and clerked for Judge Betty Binns Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School
(Retired) Formerly Director of International Labor Affairs, United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)
Human Rights Attorney, Guatemala
Executive Director, Legal Aid Justice Center
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Collective Bargaining Labor Law & Labor History, Cornell University, ILR School
Claudia Gonzalez Orellana
Human Rights Attorney, Guatemala
Senior Legal Officer, Equality and Citizenship - Equal Justice Initiative, Open Society Foundations
Managing Director, Applebaum Associates
CEO & Founder, Leblon LLC
Senior Specialist, Migration and Human Trafficking, Solidarity Center
Patricia Juan Pineda
Labor Law Attorney, Mexico
Senior Partner, Community Resource Exchange
Associate Senior Researcher, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)
Former Director of the Migration Program Area, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation