Deputy Director

Rebecca Smith, Deputy Director
rsmith@nelp.org
(206) 324-4000
Seattle, Washington Office

Areas of expertise

International Human and Labor Rights • Immigrants and Work • Enforcement of Workplace Standards • Unemployment Insurance

Biography
Rebecca Smith joined NELP in 2000, after nearly 20 years advocating for migrant farm workers in Washington State.  At NELP, she has worked with state advocates to modernize state unemployment insurance programs, promoting reforms to fill the gaps in the program denying benefits to women and families.  She has also worked to apply international human rights laws to help protect immigrant workers in the United States, and with immigrant worker organizing groups to enforce U.S. labor laws.  She has testified before Congress and several state legislatures and published on these issues.  In 2003, she received the United Farm Workers of America’s Aztec Eagle Award, in addition to the Golden Door Award from Northwest Immigrants' Rights Project in 1999 and special recognition by the Foreign Minister of Mexico for her work on behalf of undocumented workers before the Interamerican Court of Human Rights. 

Education
J.D., University of Washington Law School
B.A., Washington State University
B.A., University of Washington

Selected Publications


·    “Human Rights at Home:  Human Rights as an Organizing and Legal Tool in Low Wage Worker Communities,” Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (2007)

·     “Solutions, Not Scapegoats:  Abating Sweatshop Conditions for All Low-Wage Workers as a Centerpiece of Immigration Reform,” New York University Journal of Legislation & Public Policy (2007)

·    “Low Pay, High Risk:  State Models for Advancing Immigrant Workers’ Rights,” New York University Review of Law & Social Change (2004)

·    “Interamerican Court of Human Rights Amicus Curiae Brief:  The United States Violates International Law When Labor Law Remedies are Restricted Based on Workers’ Migrant Status,”  Seattle Journal for Social Justice (Spring/Summer 2003)