Bama Athreya is senior specialist, Labor and Employment Rights at USAID. She manages USAID’s portfolio of labor programming worldwide, and represents USAID in inter-agency policy discussions on labor. She has twenty years’ experience on international labor issues, trade, development and ethical business practices.
She previously worked for the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), International Labour Organization and American Center for International Labor Solidarity. 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 supply chain due diligence. While at ILRF, Athreya worked extensively on a project to raise awareness of, and promote solutions to, gender-based violence in the workplace worldwide.
Athreya 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 Athreya was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to a special Consultative Group on Forced and Child Labor.