News Releases

October 16, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Release of Annual Report Of the Child Labor Cocoa Coordinating Group

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the release of the Annual Report of the Child Labor Cocoa Coordinating Group. This report is released on behalf of the signatories to the Declaration of Joint Action to Support Implementation of the Harkin-Engel Protocol, which was signed by the U.S. Department of Labor, the governments of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana and the National Confectioners Association, on behalf of the international chocolate and cocoa industry.

September 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Report on Global Child Labor

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor today released the 18th annual edition of its Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor. The report, prepared by the Department's Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), shines a spotlight on child labor globally and assesses the progress some countries have made in upholding their international commitments to eliminate this practice.

May 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Award $5 Million Grant to Economically Empower Vulnerable Women and Girls in the Agriculture Sector in Colombia

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced its intent to award a $5 million grant for a project to economically empower vulnerable women and girls in the agricultural sector in Colombia, as part of the administration's support of the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP).

May 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor will Award $4 Million Grant to Assist Workers in Colombian Export Sectors to Enforce Labor Rights

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced its intent to award up to $4 million in grant funding to assist workers in priority sectors of Colombia in exercising their labor rights. Grant activities will focus on developing centers that educate workers on their rights, train them to identify potential labor law violations in workplaces, and assist workers to submit and track well-supported, well-articulated claims to initiate labor inspections and pursue legal remedies. 

March 14, 2019

United States and Qatar Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Labor Cooperation

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labor, and Social Affairs of Qatar, signed a memorandum of understanding today recognizing the value of cooperation and knowledge-sharing for strengthening protection for workers.

February 25, 2019

United States, Germany Sign Joint Declaration of Intent on Labor Cooperation

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Hubertus Heil, the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, signed a Joint Declaration of Intent underlining the value of cooperation in various areas of international labor policy and practice between the two countries. 

December 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Awards More Than $50 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 has awarded more than $50 million in new funding to non-governmental organizations and a range of organizations to promote labor law enforcement and help end exploitative labor practices in 13 trade partner countries. The funds will support projects to combat abusive labor practices, including the use of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. New technical assistance will also support trade partners’ compliance with the labor requirements of U.S. trade agreements and preference programs.

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.

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.