Charles Kernaghan, Director, Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights
George Miller, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
James Fallon is editor at Women's Wear Daily.
Rick Helfenbein is President of all U.S. operations for Luen Thai Holdings Limited. In this capacity, he is responsible for the management of the Luen Thai companies in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and California.
Luen Thai is the largest publicly listed apparel supply chain services company on the Hong Kong Exchange. Customers include Polo Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Dillards, Banana Republic, Macy's, Ann Taylor, and Uniqlo in Japan.
Mr. Helfenbein has been credited with creating the original Le Tigre brand and with utilizing basketball star Wilt Chamberlain to market "big & tall" products to the American consumer. He introduced Burlington Industries into the apparel manufacturing segment, and has developed apparel for many of the most popular brand names in the United States.
He has served on the management boards of Campus Sportswear (Le Tigre), Crystal Brands (Lacoste), and the Blythedale Children's Hospital in New York. He currently holds the office of Secretary on the executive committee and board of the American Apparel & Footwear Association.
Mr. Helfenbein has been an active part of the Luen Thai team that was created to establish China's first supply chain city for the U.S. apparel industries, one of the largest, most efficient, state of the art apparel manufacturing facilities in Asia. He holds a Bachelor of science degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School.
Charles Kernaghan is director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (the Institute). Kernaghan first became involved in the protection of worker rights while on an international religious peace march through Central America in the mid-80s, when scores of union leaders were being assassinated.
Kernaghan joined the Institute (then National Labor Committee) in 1988 and became its director in 1991. He is perhaps best known as "the man who made Kathie Lee cry" after exposing that 13-year-old children were working in a brutal Honduran sweatshop earning just pennies an hour sewing Kathie Lee Gifford's clothing line for Wal-Mart. Kernaghan's work is widely recognized as having launched the anti-sweatshop movement in the U.S.
Kernaghan has testified frequently in the U.S. Congress, documenting gross worker rights violations in China, Bangladesh, Central America and Jordan, where the Institute exposed the descent of the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement into the human trafficking of tens of thousands of young foreign guest workers, who were stripped of their passports and forced to work 15 hours a day, cheated on their wages, often beaten and half-starved.
Kernaghan has spoken at over 200 universities and has been featured in better than a dozen documentary films.
Rep. George Miller
Congressman George Miller is the Senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee and a leading advocate in Congress on education, labor, the economy, and the environment. First elected in 1975, he now represents the newly created 11th District of California in the East Bay of San Francisco, including the majority of Contra Costa County. He is a life-long Democrat and Californian.