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.
USDOL supports youth music group’s song against child labor
Through its MAP16 project, USDOL provided support for the youth music group, Kids United, to sing against child labor.
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.
The MAP 16 project is addressing knowledge gaps on child labor, forced labor and human trafficking through research and the development of new survey methodologies; improving awareness of these issues through the use of data-driven techniques; strengthenng policies and the capacity of governments and other stakeholders to combat child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking; and supporting 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 is also promoting innovative communications tools using child labor and forced labor data and supporting an awareness-raising campaign on child labor. The project is likewise supporting regional and sub-regional initiatives to eradicate child labor and forced labor in Africa and Latin America; engaging with governments, businesses, and other stakeholders to address child labor and forced labor in supply chains in sugarcane and fishing; and building the capacity of 14 governments to address child labor. Finally, the project supports business networks and other stakeholders to work together to develop policies to combat child labor, forced labor and human trafficking.
-In 2019, Timor-Leste published the results of its first-ever National Child Labor and Forced Labor Survey, and in 2020, Mexico published the results of its most recent National Child Labor Survey, both with MAP16 support. These surveys are critical tools for identifying challenges and assessing progress on labor exploitation in these countries.
-The project provided funding to establish the ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labor, whose members and partners agree to take concrete steps to eradicate forced labor in their organizations, supply chains, and beyond, advocate for a far-reaching, all-inclusive response to eradicate forced labor, including in dealings with governments, and respect the principles of transparency and cooperation when working with other stakeholders to end forced labor. Members and partners include businesses of all sizes and sectors, employer and business membership organizations, industry trade groups, sectoral associations and other business-led initiatives with complementary mandates and expertise join as partners.
-In Serbia, the project developed guidelines for social protection agencies, organizations, and professionals on protecting children from child labor, including hazardous child labor, which were adopted by the Serbian the Ministry of Labor and Ministry for Family Care. The guidelines incorporate and expand upon existing protocols and provide guidance on recognizing child labor, assessing the needs of child laborers, making decisions and developing service plans for child laborers, and cooperating with other institutions to protect children. The guidelines also discuss how to effectively manage child labor cases, such as by maintaining records for those identified as child laborers.
Grantee: International Labor Organization (ILO)
Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT)