Charita Libao Castro, PhD, MSW is featured in our 500 Women Scientists Who Inspire deck. She is a Director for Labor Affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She works to inform policies to policies that protect children and adults from child labor, forced labor and human trafficking using research and data.
At the intersection of science and policy, Charita shapes how data is collected on vulnerable populations so that their stories are known and understood. Charita is a daughter of Filipino immigrants, and she currently resides in Washington, DC. She is also a member of the gage search platform.
On behalf of the U.S. government, Charita contributed research and led negotiations for two international statistical agreements on the measurement of child labor and forced labor. She travels the world for her work.
“I learned how to combine my love for my Asian American heritage with our history for protecting workers’ rights.” – Charita
Charita’s science expertise is research methodology, especially thinking through the best research designs, specifying research questions, defining research measurement frameworks.
A fun fact about Charita is that she has been a civil servant for 20 years!