Project to Increase Municipal Collective Action to Address Child Labor and Forced Labor in Mexico

Project Duration
December 2023
December 2027
Funding and Year

The project will build capacity among municipal stakeholders, such as government officials, workers, worker organizations, labor unions, civil society organizations, community groups, and private-sector stakeholders, to work together to design and implement locally led actions to address child and forced labor in targeted municipalities in Chiapas and San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

The Problem

Regulations aimed at combating child labor and forced labor, and economic exclusion exist at the federal and state levels in Mexico. However, significant gaps persist between the effective implementation of the Mexican labor law and the design and implementation of targeted programming to protect children and adult workers from labor exploitation. Therefore, at the municipal level, authorities are often under-resourced and lack the capacity to identify, address, and prevent child labor, forced labor, and other forms of labor exploitation in a targeted way. Moreover, municipalities, especially those in rural areas, face increased poverty levels and challenges in protecting their populations from labor abuses, including child labor, forced labor, and various forms of economic exclusion of workers.

Our Strategy

In support of Mexican Labor Law and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) this project will employ a holistic approach to increase the knowledge, capacity, and collaboration among municipal stakeholders to implement locally-led initiatives that identify, address, and prevent child labor and forced labor.

Implementing Partners:
Verité Inc.
Contact Information:
(202) 693-4843 / Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT)
Child Labor
Collective Action
Economic Exclusion
Forced Labor
International Labor Issues
Supply Chains