Finance and Administration Director
Capacity Building & Communications Manager
Staff Attorney & Legal Action Manager
Cathleen is an attorney with over a decade of human rights experience in the United States and abroad. Prior to launching Global Workers, 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 has also consulted with Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative on labor migration issues.
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.
Courtney Davies is a non-profit professional, specializing in the areas of finance and operations. Working with small groups is of particular interest, helping organizations strengthen their accounting and administration systems, and improve transparency. Additionally, she holds a personal interest in social justice and providing access to justice for the growing transnational workforce.
Matthew is a graduate of Tufts University where he studied International Relations and Spanish. He also studied Latin American politics at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina and traveled throughout Latin America.
After graduation, he worked for an international law firm on corporate investigations as well as asylum and immigration cases. Clients he had the opportunity to work with included a man who faced anti-gay violence in Peru and a journalist who was the victim of political violence in Iraq.
Before joining Global Workers, Matthew worked with Spanish-speaking immigrants who sought Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and other forms of legal status at Canal Alliance in San Rafael, California.
Through his work, Matthew saw the impact that legal capacity building and representation can have on the lives of immigrants. This drew him to Global Workers and its mission to ensure that borders do not prevent the service of justice for migrant workers.
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 also 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.
As an intern at the legendary Chicano theater, El Teatro Campesino, she merged her passion for the fair treatment of migrant workers with her passion for theater and the arts. Committed to advocating through her work, she then 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 an employment and civil rights attorney. She has represented migrant farmworker clients from Mexico, Haiti, Peru, Jamaica, Thailand and the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) in state and federal litigation while working with legal services in Georgia and New York. Nan has conducted extensive outreach to farmworkers in rural labor camps including in Texas, Oregon, Ohio, Georgia, and New York. While in New York, Nan represented the farmworker victims in the groundbreaking human trafficking case, U.S. v. Maria Garcia, and provided assistance by handling their immigration matters.
Nan has worked as a legal consultant with Global Workers on three projects since 2005. She authored the original comprehensive legal manual used in defender network trainings, updated the third edition of the manual, Challenges in Transnational Litigation, and drafted content for Visa Pages. Prior to law school, Nan studied and volunteered in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Chile.
Nan graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Dayton. She is licensed in New York and Georgia.
Additional Team Support
- Agnew::Beck Consulting - ("Visa Pages") Web & Graphic Design Support
- Josh Bryan - J Bryan Tech, IT Support
- Daniel Paz - PH Medios Graficos, Graphic Design & Print Services in Mexico
- Comunica - Comunicación, Acción, Arte & Diseño Social, Communications, PR, & Graphic Design Services based in Mexico
- SocialTIC - Digital and Online tools for nonprofits based in Mexico
Global Workers also wishes to thank the following individuals for their work and support.
- Carol Brooke, Gillian Gillers, and Stacie Jonas for reviewing and editing select portions of Visa Pages January 2017 update.
- David Bacon - for granting permission for use of his beautiful photos throughout in Global Workers website, 2005-2011 (some photographs remain via archived content on current site)
- Mia Carlvik – for designing and maintaining the website, 2005 - 2008.
- Chris Conway - for IT support, 2009 - 2012
- Jill Hubley - for designing and development of the website, 2012 - 2013.
- Isymille Lara - for translation support.
- Mila Rosenthal - for Communications and Advocacy support surrounding the release of our report, Visas, Inc: Corporate Control and Policy Incoherence in the U.S. Temporary Foreign Labor System
- Nan Schivone - for authoring the comprehensive manual, 'Defending the Rights of Transnational Migrant Workers in the United States', used as the basis to train the Global Workers Defenders Network.
- Ashwini Sukthankar - for authoring Global Worker's first national report, Visas, Inc: Corporate Control and Policy Incoherence in the U.S. Temporary Foreign Labor System
- Ana María Xaubert Sevilla - for translation support on the manual 'Defending the Rights of Transnational Migrant Workers in the Unites States'.
A special thank you goes out to Global Workers' past team members:
Omar Ángel Perez, Policy Advocacy Manager (Mexico & Central America) 2013-2016; Mayela Blanco, Policy Advocacy Coordinator (Mexico & Central America) 2013-2015; Michael Andrade Lalan, Managing Director 2012-2015; Cecilia Pineda, Program Assistant 2014; Griselda Vega, Staff Attorney/Mexico Program Director, 2009-2013; Eloise True, Program & Development Associate, 2012-2013; Courtney Davies, Operations Manager, 2010-2012; Vanessa Spinazola, Staff Attorney/Central America Program Director, 2012; Dirk Ewers, Program Assistant, 2010; Kate D'Adamo, Program Assistant, 2007-2010; Elizabeth Rosemeyer, CoFounder and Managing Director, 2005.
Law Firms - Blank Rome LLP, Pepper Hamilton LLC, and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
Students from American University, Barnard College, Brooklyn Law School, Dartmouth College, Emory Law School, Fordham University, Harvard University, New York Law School, Villanova University, New York University, Rutgers School of Law, and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
And the countless other individuals who continue to provide advice and/or financial support.