Congratulations to Our 2021 Winners!
- Norma Flores López
- International Labor Organization
The United States Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) solicits nominations for the U.S. Department of Labor Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labor.
The Iqbal Masih Award is a non-monetary award presented annually by the U.S. Secretary of Labor and administered by ILAB's Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking. This page outlines the eligibility criteria, the nomination process and the administrative procedures for this year's award.
The Iqbal Masih Award was named after a Pakistani child who was sold into slavery as a carpet weaver at age 4, escaped at 10 and became an outspoken public advocate against child exploitation. In 1994 he received the Reebok Human Rights Award. He was tragically killed a year later at the age of 12 in his native Pakistan.
The purpose of the award is to recognize exceptional efforts to reduce the worst forms of child labor—in view of inspiring and motivating others working toward this end. The award's two major goals are:
- To honor and give public recognition to a recipient demonstrating extraordinary efforts to combat the worst forms of child labor internationally, and who shares qualities demonstrated by Iqbal Masih including leadership, courage, integrity, and a search to end the labor exploitation of children
- To raise awareness about the worst forms of child labor internationally
The award was created in response to Senate Committee direction that the Secretary of Labor "establish an annual non-monetary award recognizing the extraordinary efforts by an individual, company, organization or national government toward the reduction of the worst forms of child labor."
- 2021 Award: Norma Flores López and International Labor Organization
- 2020 Award: Damon Wamara (Uganda)
- 2019 Award: Casa Esperanza (Panama)
- 2018 Award: Stephanie Odegard (India); Teresa Martinez Acosta (Paraguay)
- 2017 Award: Daphne de Guzman Culanag (Philippines)
- 2016 Award: Sonia Pierre (Dominican Republic)
- 2015 Award: Alain-Georges Moukoko (Gabon)
- 2014 Award: Senator Tom Harkin (USA)
- 2013 Award: Isidro León-York (Nicaragua)
- 2012 Award: George Achibra (Ghana)
- 2011 Award: Len Morris (USA)
- 2010 Award: Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia (Liberia)
- 2009 Award: Maria Cecilia Flores-Oebanda (Philippines)
You may nominate an individual, a company, an organization, or a national government. To submit a nomination, you must be either the nominee or another person or entity acting with the knowledge and permission of the nominee.
Note that prior receipt of this award will not preclude a nominee from being considered for the Iqbal Masih Award in subsequent years. However, specific accomplishments that served as the basis of a prior award may not be considered as the basis for a subsequent award application.
The U.S. Department of Labor will also consider nominees from the past five years (2016-2020) that were deemed responsive but not yet selected for award. You may in such cases submit updated nomination packages for previous nominees.
Nominations for the Iqbal Masih Award will be judged by the extent that the nominee:
- Implemented extraordinary efforts that contribute towards the reduction of the worst forms of child labor.
- Generated positive international attention in support of efforts to reduce the worst forms of child labor.
- Inspired others, including young persons, to become champions against the worst forms of child labor, following the spirit and example of Iqbal Masih.
- Fomented constructive change regarding the labor exploitation of children under great odds or at great personal cost.
You must include the following in the nomination package for consideration:
- Name(s) of the individual, company, organization or national government being nominated.
- Full street address, telephone number and e-mail address of nominee.
- Name, title, street address, telephone number and e-mail address of the person or organization submitting the nomination.
- A justification statement that provides a summary clearly identifying the specific attributes of the nominee relevant to the four selection criteria listed in this announcement.
Nomination packages should be limited to information relevant to the nominee and should be no longer than two (2) typed pages double-spaced. A page is 8.5" x 11" (on one side only) with one-inch margins (top, bottom, and sides).
You may submit nominations electronically. Electronic applications must be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and received no later than 4:45 p.m. EDT on March 5, 2021.
You may confirm receipt of your application by contacting Shelley Stinelli by email at email@example.com, by telephone at 202-693-4782; Jacqueline Jesus by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone at 202-693-4859; or through the OCFT main telephone 202-693-4843, prior to the closing deadline.
ILAB/OCFT will perform a preliminary administrative review to determine the sufficiency of all submitted application packages relative to the Submission Requirements listed in Section 4 of this announcement. A panel of ILAB/OCFT representatives will conduct a substantive review of the nominations received relative to the criteria listed in Section 3 and will identify a short list of candidates to be considered. ILAB will perform a secondary review to determine the semi-finalists. The Secretary of Labor will conduct the final review and select the award recipient.
The awardee will be notified of selection via the contact person identified in the application package at least four weeks prior to the presentation of the award. The Department of Labor anticipates that the award ceremony will be held in June 2021 at a location to be determined by the Secretary of Labor.
We are very interested in your thoughts and suggestions about your experience in preparing and filing this nomination packet for the United States Department of Labor's Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labor. Your comments will be very useful to ILAB/OCFT in making improvements in our solicitation for nominations for this award in subsequent years. All comments are strictly voluntary and strictly private. We would appreciate your taking a few minutes to tell us—for example, whether you thought the instructions were sufficiently clear; what you liked or disliked; what worked or didn't work; whether it satisfied your need for information or if it didn't, or anything else that you think is important for us to know. Your comments will be most helpful if you can be very specific in relating your experience. Please send any comments you have to email@example.com or via mail to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, Room S-5317, 200 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20210.