From Protocol to Practice: A Bridge to Global Action on Forced Labor (The Bridge Project)

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Project Duration:
September 2015
-
September 2019
Funding and Year:
FY
2015
: USD
9,800,000
FY
2016
: USD
3,595,138
FY
2017
: USD
1,000,000

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The Problem

DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVE: To effectively eliminate traditional and state-imposed forced labor systems and to significantly reduce contemporary forms of forced labor, which are often linked to human trafficking. This will be done through the following intermediate objectives: 

  1. Increased knowledge, awareness, and implementation of the 2014 ILO Protocol and Recommendation;
  2. Improved evidence-based and responsive national policies and action plans on forced labor with strong implementation, monitoring, and enforcement mechanisms;
  3. Enhanced efforts to collect reliable national statistics in order to carry out research and share knowledge across institutions at national, regional, and global levels;
  4. Strengthened workers’ and employers’ organizations to support the fight against forced labor in partnership with other interested parties; and
  5. Strengthened awareness and livelihoods programs to prevent forced labor and to provide victims with access to remedies.

Summary of Activities:

Awareness Raising on Forced Labor

  • Support the “50forFreedom” campaign which aims to achieve at least 50 country ratifications of the Protocol by 2018. This includes the development of a Web platform, awareness-raising materials on the Protocol and Recommendation, and establishment of partnerships with media groups to increase public awareness of forced labor.

Capacity Building

  • Develop a guidance tool for countries to implement and monitor national plans of action on forced labor, and work with national commissions on forced labor and human trafficking to develop, implement and monitor such national action plans, specifically taking into account gender and age dimensions of forced labor.
  • Develop materials and train labor inspectors, and other law enforcement officials on forced labor.

Research

  • Support the working group of the International Conference of Labor Statisticians to establish guidelines on statistical indicators and survey methods, and conduct statistical surveys in at least two priority countries on the prevalence of forced labor affecting adults and children to inform policy design at national levels.

Partnerships 

  • Work with employers’ organizations, business, and other stakeholders, including organizing a global supply chain forum.

Victim Remedies

  • In the project priority countries of Malaysia, Mauritania, Nepal, and Peru, design, implement, and monitor community-based prevention and rehabilitation programs, and develop and train a network of lawyers and judicial officials to support strategic litigation of individual forced labor cases. 
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Our Strategy

DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVE: To effectively eliminate traditional and state-imposed forced labor systems and to significantly reduce contemporary forms of forced labor, which are often linked to human trafficking. This will be done through the following intermediate objectives: 

  1. Increased knowledge, awareness, and implementation of the 2014 ILO Protocol and Recommendation;
  2. Improved evidence-based and responsive national policies and action plans on forced labor with strong implementation, monitoring, and enforcement mechanisms;
  3. Enhanced efforts to collect reliable national statistics in order to carry out research and share knowledge across institutions at national, regional, and global levels;
  4. Strengthened workers’ and employers’ organizations to support the fight against forced labor in partnership with other interested parties; and
  5. Strengthened awareness and livelihoods programs to prevent forced labor and to provide victims with access to remedies.

Summary of Activities:

Awareness Raising on Forced Labor

  • Support the “50forFreedom” campaign which aims to achieve at least 50 country ratifications of the Protocol by 2018. This includes the development of a Web platform, awareness-raising materials on the Protocol and Recommendation, and establishment of partnerships with media groups to increase public awareness of forced labor.

Capacity Building

  • Develop a guidance tool for countries to implement and monitor national plans of action on forced labor, and work with national commissions on forced labor and human trafficking to develop, implement and monitor such national action plans, specifically taking into account gender and age dimensions of forced labor.
  • Develop materials and train labor inspectors, and other law enforcement officials on forced labor.

Research

  • Support the working group of the International Conference of Labor Statisticians to establish guidelines on statistical indicators and survey methods, and conduct statistical surveys in at least two priority countries on the prevalence of forced labor affecting adults and children to inform policy design at national levels.

Partnerships 

  • Work with employers’ organizations, business, and other stakeholders, including organizing a global supply chain forum.

Victim Remedies

  • In the project priority countries of Malaysia, Mauritania, Nepal, and Peru, design, implement, and monitor community-based prevention and rehabilitation programs, and develop and train a network of lawyers and judicial officials to support strategic litigation of individual forced labor cases. 
Grantee: International Labor Organization (ILO)
Implementing Partners: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Contact Information:
(202) 693-4843
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Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT)