Director of Work Structures

(206) 324-4000 ext. 4000
Seattle, Washington Office

Areas of Expertise

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


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.


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

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