Bureau of International Labor Affairs

Tuesday, January 02, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the start of Human Trafficking Awareness Month: “During this month, we shine a light on the offenses of human trafficking and modern slavery, and recommit to ending practices that harm individuals, families, and communities. The Department of Labor will continue to call on our trading partners to take strong steps against trafficking, offering our assistance where requested, and enforcing trade agreement provisions. We must act to end exploitation and abusive labor prac
Friday, December 22, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced nearly $60 million in grants to NGOs and a range of organizations to promote labor law enforcement and help end exploitative labor practices in 25 trade partner countries. The grants will support projects to combat some of the most abusive labor practices, including the use of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking in global supply chains. New technical assistance will also support trade partners’ compliance with the labor requirements of U.S. trade agreements and preference programs. The
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ The U.S. Department of Labor today released an update of its annual child labor report – representing the most comprehensive research product to date on the state of child labor in over 130 countries worldwide. The Department simultaneously released a new mobile app, Comply Chain, designed to help businesses root out child labor and forced labor from global supply chains.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
WASHINGTON – A report released today under the labor chapter of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Trade and Labor Affairs identifies significant concerns regarding Colombian labor law enforcement, as well as concerns with the prosecution of cases of anti-union violence. The report responds to a submission filed under the CTPA by the AFL-CIO and five Colombian workers’ org
Friday, December 16, 2016
WASHINGTON – At 13, Sonia Pierre began her stand for workers’ rights in the Dominican Republic, leading a march to demand humane working conditions for sugar cane harvesters in the “batey” – the worker settlement in which she grew up. From the single-room, dirt-floor barrack she shared with 12 siblings and her mother, Pierre’s journey took her to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, where her powerful testimony helped lead to a landmark decision protecting children whose lack of legal status in their country of birth left them vulnerable to exploi
Monday, November 14, 2016
Opportunity Title: Country Projects to Promote Workplace-Based Training for Vulnerable Youth in Argentina, Costa Rica and Kenya Amount approved/awarded: $9 million
Thursday, October 13, 2016
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $5 million cooperative agreement to reduce child labor in rural Zambia among adolescent girls, ages 15-17, by increasing access to quality formal and non-formal education and training. The agreement with Winrock International will provide direct educational assistance to 2,500 adolescent girls engaged in or at high risk of entering child labor. The four year EMPOWER project will also promote peer support, business and social networks for
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Opportunity Title: Global Project to Promote Private Sector Investment in Workplace-Based Training Programs for Vulnerable Youth Amount approved/awarded: $1,400,000 Funding awarded to: Global Apprenticeships Network Purpose: To strengthen country-level business networks in support of apprenticeships for vulnerable youth Background: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has awarded a $1.4 mi
Friday, September 30, 2016
WASHINGTON – ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Miguel Hernandez is 12 years old and already an experienced miner. Instead of going to school, he has worked for years –11 hours a day – extracting precious gems in the mines of Bolivia. Across the ocean, Salay Ry has spent years laying bricks in Cambodia to help repay a family debt. At 13 years old, his education takes a back seat to his family’s subsistence. These stories of child exploitation are far too common, and two reports released today seek to bring greater awareness and attention to the p
Friday, July 08, 2016
WASHINGTON – A report released today under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation by the U.S. Department of Labor responds to a submission filed by U.S. and Mexican labor unions and worker advocacy groups that alleges that the Mexican government has failed to meet its obligations under the NAALC with respect to a large chain of Mexican retail stores. Filed with the department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs by the United Food & Commer
Thursday, May 12, 2016
WASHINGTON – The European Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor compared practices and policies used to fight against long-term unemployment at a roundtable discussion in Washington on May 11, 2016. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher P. Lu hosted the event and was joined by Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, who headed a delegation of representatives 
Friday, March 18, 2016
WASHINGTON – A report released today under the labor chapter of the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement by the U.S. Department of Labor raises significant concerns regarding the right to freedom of association in Peru’s non-traditional export sectors, which include exports of textiles, apparel and certain agricultural products.  The report also raises questions regard
Monday, February 22, 2016
WASHINGTON – In the nipa groves that line the Philippine shore, families spend harrowing days in a desperate search for gold. Children crouch in the mud, separating gold from sediment. Meanwhile, their older siblings and parents dive deep into the marsh. Spending hours below the surface, seeking tiny flecks of the precious metal in cloudy water, drawing breath from makeshift tubes connected to small compressors. Children like Jonathon Ramorez use toxic mercury to amalgamate the gold. In a small plastic bag, he carries the mercury he needs, which he will pour over the gold
Thursday, February 11, 2016
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of International Labor Affairs' new mobile application, “Sweat & Toil: Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Around the World,” is now available to download for devices using the Android operation system from Google Play.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Honduran Minister of Labor Carlos Madero have signed an historic agreement on labor rights that underscores their governments' shared commitment to making trade work for workers. The agreement supports a comprehensive monitoring and action plan that addresses gaps in enforcement of Honduran labor law outlined in a February 2015 report from the Bureau of International Labor Affairs
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Funding Recipient: National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago Total Funding: $3 million Purpose: Implement a project to assess and measure progress in reducing child labor in cocoa-growing communities of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana Location: Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana Scope: The four-year project will undertake activities to evaluate and measure
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Funding Recipient: Fair Labor Association Total Funding: $4.87 million Purpose: Implement a project to improve hazelnut suppliers' social compliance programs and reduce child labor in hazelnut production. Location: Turkey Scope: The Fair Labor Association will partner with multinational food and beverage company Nestlé and its two main hazelnut suppliers in Turkey, Balsu and Olam-Progida, to reduce child labor in the hazelnut
Monday, November 23, 2015
Funding Recipient: International Cocoa Initiative Total Funding: $4.5 million Purpose: Implement a project to empower cocoa-growing communities in Côte d'Ivoire to reduce child labor Location: Côte d'Ivoire Scope: The four-year project, called "Eliminating Child Labor in Cocoa," will assist 50 cocoa-growing communities in Côte d'Ivoire
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Funding Recipient: Winrock International Total Funding: $4.5 million Purpose: Implement a project to empower cocoa-growing communities and help youth further their education or develop marketable skills. Location: Ghana Scope: The four-year project, "Mobilizing Community Action and Promoting Opportunities for Youth in Ghana's Cocoa-Growing Communities," will empower 40 cocoa-growi
Friday, November 06, 2015
WASHINGTON — When the government of Paraguay established its Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security in 2014, it demonstrated a commitment to tackling important challenges, including combating child labor and strengthening enforcement of its labor laws. To help achieve this goal, it reached out to the U.S. Department of Labor to help build the capacity of its new ministry.