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Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

News Brief

International Labour Organization awarded $9.8 million to address forced labor globally

Funding Recipient: International Labour Organization

Total Funding: $9.8 million

Purpose: Implement a project to support global and national efforts aimed at combating forced labor under the 2014 ILO Protocol and Recommendation on Forced Labor.

Location: Global

Scope: The four-year project called the Bridge Project ("From Protocol to Practice: Building a Bridge to Global Action on Forced Labor") funded by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, will help raise awareness globally of the urgent need to eradicate forced labor and invest the resources needed to further data collection to more accurately measure the problem. The project will also strengthen supply-chain monitoring and law-enforcement training and implement measures to protect victims of forced labor and provide them with access to remediation. The project includes pilot programs in at least three countries, including Mauritania, Nepal, and Peru. These countries will serve as models for how a Protocol and Recommendation to ILO Convention 29 on Forced Labor, adopted in 2014, could be effectively implemented at the country level.

ILAB leads the U.S. government's efforts to ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy. To these ends, ILAB has provided funding for more than 290 projects in over 90 countries to combat the worst forms of child labor by providing assistance to vulnerable children and their families. More information is available at www.dol.gov/ilab/.

ILAB News Brief: [10/16/2015]
Contact Name: Egan Reich
Phone Number: (202) 693-4960
Email:
reich.egan.2@dol.gov
Release Number: 15-2048-NAT