Leanne Melnyk is currently a Partnerships Officer with the Better Work Programme, working closely with global brands and retailers and supporting the programme’s Governance meetings. Leanne joined the ILO in 2007 as a technical officer on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining. In 2010 she joined the Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour. In this capacity, she specialized in the areas of trafficking of migrant workers, with a special focus on domestic workers. She worked closely with DFID to develop the ground-breaking “Work in Freedom Programme” that prevents trafficking of women and girls in South Asia and the Middle East. She supported research and writing on topics of relevance to modern day slavery including the following recent publications: Indispensable Yet Unprotected, Women Domestic Workers from India (2015); For a Fee: The business of recruiting Bangladeshi women for domestic work in Jordan and Lebanon (2015); No Easy Exit: Migration Bans and Women from Nepal (2015) and Intertwined: A Study of Employers of Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon (2016).
Leanne has a legal background, graduating with honours from the University of Western Ontario and a specialization in International and European Law from Jean-Moulin III. She also holds a Bachelor of International Relations from Trinity Western University.