Dr. Bama Athreya is an expert in labor and human rights. She previously served as Deputy and then Executive Director of the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), a labor rights advocacy organization, and has been recognized as a leading voice in the United States on the issues of forced and child labor. In 2009 she was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to a special Consultative Group on Forced and Child Labor. She also developed and led projects on the rights of working women and led advocacy on trade policy and human rights. She also 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.