Carol Pier

Carol Pier is the deputy undersecretary of the department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

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Heroes Wanted: Submit a Nomination for the Iqbal Masih Award

Filed in Workplace Rights by on February 19, 2015 0 Comments
Heroes Wanted: Submit a Nomination for the Iqbal Masih Award

At this very moment, in nearly every corner of the globe, millions of children are working in fields and in factories. Some of these children are slaves; many have never seen the inside of a classroom; few have a voice in standing up to exploitation and determining their futures. But also at this very moment, […]

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5 Facts About Child Labor

Filed in Child Labor, DOL by on October 7, 2014 0 Comments
5 Facts About Child Labor

This morning, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced the release of the department’s “Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor” report. The report is prepared annually by the department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs, and it assesses efforts by more than 140 countries to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. As Secretary Perez […]

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A Powerful New Tool in the Fight Against Forced Labor

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on July 17, 2014 0 Comments
A Powerful New Tool in the Fight Against Forced Labor

Editor’s note: The Department of Labor received numerous communications urging the United States to support development of an International Labor Organization Protocol and Recommendation supplementing Convention 29 on Forced Labor, and many more urging prompt U.S. ratification of the Protocol. The following statement from the Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs Carol Pier is […]

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Improving Respect for Labor Rights in Colombia

Filed in Workplace Rights by on April 7, 2014 0 Comments
Improving Respect for Labor Rights in Colombia

Before sending the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement to Congress, President Obama insisted that Colombia take certain concrete steps to address a number of serious labor concerns. The U.S. and Colombian governments agreed to those concrete steps in April 2011 in the Colombian Action Plan Related to Labor Rights. Recently, we have received hundreds of letters […]

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Transforming Dreams for Child Laborers

Filed in Child Labor, Education, Workplace Rights by on September 30, 2013 1 Comment
Transforming Dreams for Child Laborers

This photograph from one of our projects in Malawi captures what’s at stake in the global fight against child labor. In it, we see children who have escaped child labor standing outside of a learning center holding up signs that express their dreams for the future. The boy in the center of the photo holds […]

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Working Toward a World Without Child Labor

Filed in Child Labor, DOL, Education by on June 12, 2013 2 Comments
Working Toward a World Without Child Labor

Today, to commemorate World Day Against Child Labor, I was privileged to participate in a screening and panel discussion of the film “Girl Rising,” which demonstrates the power of education to change young women’s lives. The film paints nine moving portraits of girls who overcame unforgiving circumstances and built brighter futures. One of these girls […]

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For Guatemalan Workers, a Ray of Hope

Filed in Workplace Rights by on April 30, 2013 0 Comments
For Guatemalan Workers, a Ray of Hope

Trade agreements between the United States and other nations are not just about the free exchange of goods and services; they’re also about protecting the workers who produce and provide them. In a global economy, protecting workers’ rights abroad helps protect workers’ rights here at home by ensuring a fairer global playing field. In a […]

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A Champion in the Fight against Child Labor

Filed in DOL by on February 28, 2013 3 Comments
A Champion in the Fight against Child Labor

The warm waters of Lake Volta in eastern Ghana support local fishermen from the small town of Kete-Krachi, which is perched on the edge of the lake. If you were to stand upon the shore, you would see numerous wooden boats bobbing on the waters with two or three fishermen in each, trolling for the […]

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The Global Face of Labor

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Unemployment, Workforce Development by on January 17, 2013 0 Comments
The Global Face of Labor

In August, Russia will host leaders from the 20 largest economies in the world – the G20 – for the 2013 G20 Summit. Although the event is several months away, there is much to be done before it can occur. And the Department of Labor has an important role to play. The economic crisis of […]

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From the Kitchen to the Classroom

Filed in Child Labor by on June 12, 2012 4 Comments
From the Kitchen to the Classroom

At the age of 11, a girl named Suntali traveled from her remote village in Nepal to the bustling capital city of Kathmandu where she exchanged her school books for a mop. Suntali became one of the world’s estimated 15.5 million child domestic workers—foregoing her education to support her family. Far from the safety and […]

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