Measurement, Awareness-Raising, and Policy Engagement (MAP 16) Project on Child Labor and Forced Labor

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Project Duration:
December 2016
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September 2022
Funding and Year:
FY
2016
: USD
9,580,000
FY
2017
: USD
7,500,000
FY
2018
: USD
2,920,000

The United States supports the goal of bringing meaningful change to the lives of the 152 million child laborers and the 25 million adults and children in forced labor around the world by eradicating child labor, forced labor and human trafficking. USDOL’s MAP 16 project supports this goal through efforts to (1) improve the knowledge base on child labor, forced labor and human trafficking; (2) improve awareness of these issues through the use of data-driven techniques; (3) strengthen policies and improve the capacity of governments and other stakeholders to combat child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking through national, regional, and global initiatives; and (4) strengthen partnerships to accelerate progress in combatting child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.

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The Problem

An estimated 152 million children work in child labor around the world, and an estimated 25 million children and adults suffer under forced labor conditions. Despite the progress that has been made globally in addressing child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking, ending these abusive practices will require an acceleration of efforts and greater concerted global action.

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Our Strategy

The MAP 16 project will address knowledge gaps on child labor, forced labor and human trafficking through research and the development of new survey methodologies; improve awareness of these issues through the use of data-driven techniques; strengthen policies and the capacity of governments and other stakeholders to combat child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking; and support partnerships to accelerate progress in combatting child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.

Specific activities include data collection about child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking at the national, regional, and sectoral levels, including in Panama and Brazil; development of methods to measure child labor and forced labor in supply chains such as sugarcane and fishing; and the development of new guidelines on forced labor measurement. MAP 16 will also promote innovative communications tools using child labor and forced labor data and support an awareness-raising campaign on child labor. The project will likewise support regional and sub-regional initiatives to eradicate child labor and forced labor in Africa and Latin America; engage with governments, businesses, and other stakeholders to address child labor and forced labor in supply chains in sugarcane and fishing; and build the capacity of 14 governments to address child labor. Finally, the project will support business networks and other stakeholders to work together to develop policies to combat child labor, forced labor and human trafficking. 
Grantee: International Labor Organization (ILO)
Implementing Partners: Understanding Children’s Work (UCW)
Contact Information:
(202) 693-4900
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Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA)