Ligia Guallpa

Workers Justice Project
Executive Director

Key Topics: Worker/labor rights, Economic development, Immigrant rights, Worker-Cooperative, Day laborers, Immigrant construction workers and domestic workers.

Bio: Ligia Guallpa, the daughter of a former day laborer and garment worker, is the Executive Director of Workers Justice Project (WJP), a community-based building, workers’ rights organization that is winning better working conditions for low-wage immigrant workers. At WJP, Ms. Guallpa has spearheaded efforts to ensure safe and dignified jobs for NYC’s 2,000 day laborers, construction workers, and domestic workers. Through her leadership, WJP played a key role in the creation of a new union, Laborers’ Local 10, built an alternative economic model to transform the conditions for female day laborers in the house cleaning industry, and enforced higher wages and safety standards in the post Hurricane Sandy reconstruction. Ms. Guallpa’s work has been covered on Univision and in publications like The Nation, New York Daily News, and The New York Times.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • 2013 LAWCHA Conference.
  • Gender Labor Panel at the CUNY Law Labor Coalition for Workers Rights and Economic Justice.
  • IV World Social Forum on Migration.