News Releases

Monday, November 14, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs awarded a $7 million cooperative agreement to reduce child labor in targeted agricultural communities in Mexico. The four-year project, Campos de Esperanza, will be implemented by World Vision and will aid children engaged in or at high risk of entering child labor and their families by increasing their participation in education, training, and social protection programs. In addition, awareness will be raised among stakeholders to increase the promotion and protection of labor rights, specifically related to child labor an
Monday, November 14, 2016
Opportunity Title: Country Projects to Promote Workplace-Based Training for Vulnerable Youth in Argentina, Costa Rica and Kenya Amount approved/awarded: $9 million
Monday, November 14, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs awarded a $4 million project to the International Labor Organization to address child labor in the vanilla-growing areas of Madagascar. The project will provide livelihood services to households whose children are engaged in or at high risk of entering child labor in the Sava region. The project will also work with vanilla stakeholders to implement the recently-signed vanilla exporters’ code of conduct to eliminate child labor in the vanilla sector and build the capacity of labor law enforcement officials to enfo
Thursday, October 13, 2016
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $5 million cooperative agreement to reduce child labor in rural Zambia among adolescent girls, ages 15-17, by increasing access to quality formal and non-formal education and training. The agreement with Winrock International will provide direct educational assistance to 2,500 adolescent girls engaged in or at high risk of entering child labor. The four year EMPOWER project will also promote peer support, business and social networks for ad
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Opportunity Title: Global Project to Promote Private Sector Investment in Workplace-Based Training Programs for Vulnerable Youth Amount approved/awarded: $1,400,000 Funding awarded to: Global Apprenticeships Network Purpose: To strengthen country-level business networks in support of apprenticeships for vulnerable youth Background: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has awarded a $1.4 mill
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
The US Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs has awarded a $1 million agreement to JBS International to develop and implement a monitoring and evaluation toolkit for grantees of ILAB’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking (OCFT) and to help build OCFT capacity to better measure, target, monitor, and evaluate project interventions. The project will address interventions related to issues of: occupational safety and health, forced labor, youth employment, labor-related technical and institutional capacity-building, gender and diversity, per
Friday, September 30, 2016
WASHINGTON – ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Miguel Hernandez is 12 years old and already an experienced miner. Instead of going to school, he has worked for years –11 hours a day – extracting precious gems in the mines of Bolivia. Across the ocean, Salay Ry has spent years laying bricks in Cambodia to help repay a family debt. At 13 years old, his education takes a back seat to his family’s subsistence. These stories of child exploitation are far too common, and two reports released today seek to bring greater awareness and attention to the problem. [[{"fid":"55
Thursday, September 08, 2016
ILAB has awarded a $680,000 sole source cooperative agreement to the University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) to fund nationally representative surveys on the prevalence, nature, and possible effects of working conditions and health issues – including work-related violence – in six countries in Central America. As part of the “Second Working Conditions and Health Survey in Central America”, co-funded by ILAB and the department’s Chief Evaluation Office, researchers will survey men and women working in the formal and
Monday, July 25, 2016
On Tuesday, July 19 at the United Nations in New York City, Associate Deputy Undersecretary for International Labor Affairs Eric Biel spoke to a multi-stakeholder gathering about “understanding the complexities and vulnerabilities of global supply chains.”  Consumers, producers, governments, and civ
Friday, July 08, 2016
WASHINGTON – A report released today under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation by the U.S. Department of Labor responds to a submission filed by U.S. and Mexican labor unions and worker advocacy groups that alleges that the Mexican government has failed to meet its obligations under the NAALC with respect to a large chain of Mexican retail stores. Filed with the department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs by the United Food & Commercial

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