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Worker Empowerment in South America

The Worker Empowerment in South America project seeks to improve respect for labor rights in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru by strengthening democratic, independent workers' organizations in the agricultural, platform (gig) economy, manufacturing, and mining sectors.

Brazil, Colombia, Peru American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center) $12,000,000 12/15/2022 12/14/2026

Una Cosecha Justa: Project to Reduce Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Other Forms of Labor Exploitation in the Chile Pepper and Tomato Sectors in Mexico

The Una Cosecha Justa project aims to increase protections for workers and reduce the risk of child labor, forced labor, and other labor rights violations among indigenous and migrant workers in the chile pepper and tomato sectors. The project will mobilize government officials, employers, workers, workers’ organizations, agricultural outreach workers, community leaders, and civil society organizations to address labor violations and increase worker engagement in advocating for their labor rights. 

Mexico World Vision $7,000,000 08/02/2022 02/01/2027

Building an Independent & Democratic Labor Movement to Protect Worker Rights in Mexico

This project will strengthen the capacity of unions to organize by legitimizing collective bargaining agreements, supporting internal leadership elections, building partnerships, and providing independent unions with legal support and training for lawyers. The project will operate in the Mexican states of Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi, Queretaro, Estado de Mexico and Mexico City, as well as Mexico’s northern states by promoting authentic collective bargaining in the automotive, auto parts, aerospace, call centers, electronics, garment, industrial bakeries, logistics and mining sectors.

Mexico American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center) $10,000,000 07/19/2022 07/18/2024

Sustentar: Project to Build and Strengthen Sustainability Systems in the Tomato and Chile Sectors in Mexico

The Sustentar project aims to increase private sector stakeholders’ accountability to uphold core labor standards consistent with Mexican labor laws and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s (USMCA) Labor Chapter, with a specific focus on addressing child labor, forced labor, and acceptable conditions of work.  The project will include a focus on states that produce chile peppers and tomatoes, including Baja California, Baja California Sur, and Chihuahua.

Mexico Social Accountability International $5,000,000 04/01/2022 10/31/2026

Increasing Collective Action to Address Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Other Unacceptable Conditions of Work in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

The project will work with civil society and workers' organizations in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to strengthen their capacity and bolster their collaboration with government agencies, the private sector and other stakeholders to protect labor rights and reduce child labor and forced labor. The project will focus on organizations that represent indigenous, Afro-descendant, and Garifuna populations, while promoting gender and racial equity.

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras Pan American Development Foundation $8,400,000 12/31/2021 06/06/2026

Catalyzing Civil Society to Accelerate Progress Against Child Labor (Catalyst)

The project aims to build the capacity of civil society organizations around the world to advance the fight against child labor by raising the voices of workers, advocates, and other civil society representatives.

Global, Nepal, Peru, Uganda Global March Against Child Labor $4,000,000 12/15/2021 12/14/2025

Equal Access to Quality Jobs for Women and Girls in Agriculture (EQUAL) in Colombia

EQUAL/Colombia aims to reduce the risk of child labor, forced labor, and other violations of labor rights by empowering vulnerable women and girls working in the production of unrefined brown sugar (panela) and the cut flowers sector and promoting a better understanding of labor rights.

Colombia Pact $5,000,000 12/01/2019 11/30/2023
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