The Bureau of International Labor Affairs leads the U.S. Department of Labor's efforts to ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy...
“Let’s walk together. In the pursuit of global progress, not a single person should be left out or left behind in any corner of the world, from East to West, from South to North.” — Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Lecture
Aragash is 17 years old and has been weaving since a young age. She used to work from dawn till dusk in exploitative conditions. Now, Aragash works in a government workspace with other young weavers and can support herself to attend school in the evening.
Before age 10, Jun dropped out of school to work long hours in the scorching hot sugarcane fields in the Philippines. Then an ILAB-funded program gave him back his childhood. With tears in his eyes, he says, "When the project came to my town, my whole life changed."
With no food at home, Emmanuel had little choice but to sell fruit on the streets of a dangerous neighborhood in Panama. Now, children like Emmanuel are being given the tools to be future leaders in their communities.
Melisa's six-hour commute to high school brought her to the brink of dropping out. But an ILAB-funded project in Peru helped her stay in school and earn a college scholarship. Now, she plans to bring greater economic development to her village.
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