Leah Obias (they/them/theirs) is a queer, Filipinx community organizer, workers rights advocate, and food justice activist.
As an organizer for Damayan Migrant Workers Association, they spent a decade building immigrant worker power to combat wage theft, labor trafficking and employment fraud of migrant guest workers. Leah was instrumental in developing Damayan’s anti-trafficking campaign, Baklas (“break free” or “dismantle”), and the National Domestic Workers Alliance’s (NDWA) Beyond Survival Campaign focusing on labor trafficking of domestic workers, primarily by diplomats with immunity. Through Damayan’s leadership in the NDWA, Leah also contributed to national efforts to build the domestic workers movement and expand workers’ right to organize across different industries.
As a young person, Leah was a co-founder of the Filipinx youth organization Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change, where they developed campaigns addressing militarization and human rights in the Philippines, and helped to win the organization’s first local wage theft campaign against an abusive restaurant owner in Woodside, Queens.
Leah is currently studying urban food sovereignty through Farm School NYC.