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Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT)

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Mission Statement

To support the Presidentís and the Secretary of Laborís labor and foreign policy objectives, meet congressional mandates, and perform public outreach by promoting the elimination of the worst forms of child labor, and increasing knowledge and information on child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.

About OCFT

The Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT) is part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB). The office was created in 1993 in response to a request from Congress to investigate and report on child labor around the world. As domestic and international concern about child labor grew, OCFTís activities significantly expanded. Today, these activities include research on international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking; funding and overseeing cooperative agreements and contracts to organizations engaged in efforts to eliminate exploitive child labor around the world; and assisting in the development and implementation of U.S. government policy on international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking issues.