Anna Michelle Gregory: Promoting Human Rights at the International Labor Organization
September 4, 2009
IPSS Assignment: International Labour Organization (ILO)
New York, New York
Anna Michelle Gregory is the daughter of an Air Force pilot and a Georgia peach. Translation: She moved every two to three years of her life but she enjoyed the comforts of Southern home-cooked meals living in places such as Germany, South Korea, Arizona, and Alaska.
After graduating from college, Michelle moved to Madrid, Spain where she taught English in public elementary schools for two years. In Spain, she became determined to pursue a Master’s with an international focus on human rights issues. She is deeply committed to using her educational background and passion to combat human rights violations such as human trafficking and child labor.
While at the Monterey Institute, Michelle had the opportunity to intern at the International Labour Organization’s New York Office. There, she gained exposure to the inner-workings of the UN and experience in labor-related issues.
At the ILO, she focused her research on child labor and the efficacy of social protection programs in stemming the problem. Post-graduation, she hopes to gain more experience in the fields of child labor and gender working with the ILO or with another intergovernmental organization.