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Workers are my Business

These videos highlight just a few of our employees who work each day to make our vision of Good Jobs for Everyone a reality. Watch their videos to learn more about these dedicated members of our team.

Tony Camilli

 

Tony Camilli's job focuses on a specific segment of American workers — veterans. A veteran himself, having served in the Air Force and currently with the Air Force Reserve, Camilli works in our Veterans' Employment and Training Service in Washington, D.C.

Camilli plays Ultimate Frisbee, cheers for two Philadelphia teams, the Eagles and Phillies, and plays basketball and badminton in his free time.

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Malaika Jeter

 

Her name means angel in Kiswahili, and in many respects, Malaika Jeter is an angel to the 49.3 million child laborers she helps through her work as an international relations officer for the Africa Division of the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking in our Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

She likes to travel to expand her horizons and experiences.

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Lucia Garcia

 

Her connections — four family members have worked at Labor — brought this South Texan to apply for the community outreach and resource planning specialist (CORPS) position in the New Orleans district with our Wage and Hour Division.

So don't mess with this powerhouse of an investigator — she can deadlift 325 pounds as the sixth alternate for the Raw USA Powerlifting World Cup team.

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Day Al-Mohamed

 

A rock-climbing accident at 19 left Day Al-Mohamed visually impaired but ready to help others through her position in our Office of Disability Employment Policy. As she says, “It’s not that you get up and go in for a job, it’s that you get up and you’re going out to do something.”

Within ODEP, Al-Mohamed is a senior policy advisor. She is a fencing instructor and pupil, blogger about disability policy, and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in her spare time.

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Tony Rios

 

A migrant farm worker who thinned and weeded sugar beets in the summers during his youth, Tony Rios took that experience and used his work ethic to bypass obstacles that stood in his path. Some 20 years since leaving Crystal City, Texas, he works as the deputy director for the Division of Federal Employees' Compensation in our Office of Workers' Compensation Programs in Washington, D.C.

He is a former Marine and enjoys travel in his spare time.

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Isabel Colon

 

“I absolutely feel that what we do makes a difference in someone’s life and it has an immediate impact on people,” says Isabel Colon. She is the deputy regional director of our Employee Benefits Security Administration Regional Office in Atlanta, Georgia.

She reads fiction more than nonfiction, just to get away from it all. Reading authors from James Patterson to Sue Grafton, murder mysteries to Harry Potter books.

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Kara Markley

 

This Philadelphia native looks for new strategies to help support her staff in the Bureau of Labor Statistics in collecting valuable statistical information needed from the public. It's not an easy task given it can take more than an hour of one's busy day and is voluntary.

This athlete also teaches daily spin classes to her co-workers.

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Naomi Barry-Pérez

 

Meet this pioneering woman who has faced dicrimination and fought back, now leading our Civil Rights Center in Washington, D.C. Her faith and her family are important to her and they are what have compelled her to work in civil rights.

When not reading Harry Potter books, Barry-Pérez enjoys spending time with her husband and toddler son.

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Diana Cortez

 

A long-standing interest in preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace, and reaching out to underserved populations, has propelled Diana Cortez into communities where she represents our Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Working out of OSHA's Tarrytown, New York, office as its area director, Cortez is a married mother of three boys and one girl.

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Alison & Brian Pasternak

 

Studying for their masters in public policy and an interest in public service is what brought Alison and Brian together. Years later they found two different ways to help American workers. Alison became an economist in our Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy while Brian went on to become a Deputy Administrator in the Employment and Training Administration.

When not working or talking shop, this DOL duo enjoys raising their two daughters in Columbia, MD.

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