News Releases

September 20, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Reports on Child Labor and Forced Labor Around the World

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today released two reports that shine a spotlight on child labor and forced labor in nations around the world: the eighth edition of the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor and the 17th annual edition of the Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor.

January 2, 2018

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta On Human Trafficking Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the start of Human Trafficking Awareness Month:

December 22, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Nearly $60 Million in Grants To Strengthen Labor Law Enforcement and Combat Child Labor And Modern Slavery Among Trade Partners

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.

September 20, 2017

New Research and App to Combat Child Labor and Modern Slavery

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.

January 11, 2017

US Labor Department report identifies labor concerns in Colombia

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.

December 16, 2016

2016 Iqbal Masih Award honors Sonia Pierre for promoting human rights

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.

November 14, 2016

Bureau of International Labor Affairs announces $9M in funding to support youth apprenticeship in Argentina, Costa Rica, Kenya

Opportunity Title: Country Projects to Promote Workplace-Based Training for Vulnerable Youth in Argentina, Costa Rica and Kenya

Amount approved/awarded: $9 million

October 13, 2016

US Labor Department commits $5M to fight child labor in Zambia as new partner in ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative

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.

October 6, 2016

US Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs announces $1.4M in funding to support global apprenticeships

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

September 30, 2016

US Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs reports 16 countries made significant advancements to combat child labor in 2015

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 problem.

July 8, 2016

Bureau of International Labor Affairs issues report on submission under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation

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.

May 12, 2016

US Labor Department, European Commission roundtable addresses ways to help the long-term unemployed get back to work

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.

March 18, 2016

US Department of Labor issues report on labor concerns in Peru’s textile, apparel and agricultural sectors

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. 

February 22, 2016

International Labor Organization awarded $5M to reduce child labor and improve working conditions in small-scale and artisanal gold mining

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.

February 11, 2016

‘Sweat and Toil:’ Bureau of International Labor Affairs releases its mobile app on child labor and forced labor for Android operating system

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.

December 9, 2015

ILAB News Release: US and Honduras sign landmark labor rights agreement [12/09/2015]

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.

December 8, 2015

ILAB News Brief: $3M to measure progress in reducing child labor in cocoa-growing communities in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana [12/08/2015]

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

December 2, 2015

ILAB News Brief: Fair Labor Association awarded $4.87M to reduce child labor in hazelnut production in Turkey [12/02/2015]

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

November 23, 2015

ILAB News Brief: International Cocoa Initiative awarded $4.5M to reduce child labor in 50 cocoa-growing communities in Côte d'Ivoire [11/23/2015]

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

November 10, 2015

ILAB News Brief: Winrock International awarded $4.5M to reduce child labor in cocoa-growing communities in Ghana [11/10/2015]

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