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2011 In Focus Archive: October 3, 2011

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Department of Labor Issues Reports on International Child Labor and Forced Labor

Today the Department of Labor released three reports on child labor and forced labor in foreign countries. The release includes the 10th edition of the annual Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, a report mandated by the Trade and Development Act of 2000 that provides information on the efforts of certain U.S. trade beneficiary countries to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The 10th edition includes more information about hazardous work and educational access than previous reports, and continues to highlight the major findings related to each government's efforts as well as include country-specific suggestions for actions that would help combat the problems each country is facing.

DOL also released an update to its List of Goods Produced by Child or Forced Labor, which is mandated by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (TVPRA List). The update adds 2 new goods and 1 new country for a total of 130 goods from 71 countries that ILAB has reason to believe are produced by forced labor, child labor or both, in violation of international standards. In addition, DOL released a proposed revision to the List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor pursuant to Executive Order 13126 of 1999. The proposed revision adds 2 new products and 2 new countries, bringing the total to 31 products from 23 countries. These proposed changes to the EO 13126 list will be available for a 60-day public comment period beginning October 4th.