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Dispatches from the Field in Colombia

Dispatches from the Field in Colombia

Lee este artículo en español. Just after 6 a.m., a container ship docks at the Buenaventura port in Colombia. At the gate, José shows the receipt for his daylong health insurance coverage to a man behind a makeshift desk. “Okay, you have work today,” says the man. On paper, this man is José’s employer. But […]

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To End Child Labor and Forced Labor, Knowledge is Power

Filed in Child Labor, International Labor By on February 11, 2016
To End Child Labor and Forced Labor, Knowledge is Power

These are some of the things that human rights professionals are saying about the Bureau of International Labor Affairs’ mobile app, “Sweat & Toil: Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Around the World.” Released in the iTunes store last September, the app is now available to download on Android devices at Google Play. The […]

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Working Together to End Trafficking

Filed in DOL, International Labor By on January 7, 2016 3 Comments
Working Together to End Trafficking

The International Labor Organization estimates that 21 million men, women, and children are in forced labor, the eradication of which is one of the great moral causes of our time. President Obama is committed to America remaining a leader in the global movement to end this terrible practice. That is why he proclaimed January 2016 […]

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Luis’ Long Road to the 7th Grade

Filed in Disabilities, International Labor By on December 3, 2015 1 Comment
International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Luis’ Long Road to the 7th Grade

In honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3, the Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs shares the work it is doing to help people with disabilities succeed in the 21st-century global economy. Daniel Mueses is a community activist and educator in Cotama, Ecuador. One day, he asked his students what […]

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A Brighter Future for Children and Families in Vietnam

Filed in International Labor By on November 20, 2015 0 Comments
A Brighter Future for Children and Families in Vietnam

“This event marks the beginning of a new chapter,” U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius announced at the launch of a new collaborative project to prevent and reduce child labor in Vietnam. I had the honor of joining Ambassador Osius; Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Hong Lan; and the International […]

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Global Support for Apprenticeships

Filed in Apprenticeship, International Labor By on November 7, 2015 0 Comments
Global Support for Apprenticeships

Just as National Apprenticeship Week has highlighted the growing support for apprenticeships here in the United States, we are also seeing greater appreciation abroad for this proven model of preparing workers for exciting career opportunities. In September, I traveled with Secretary Perez to Ankara, Turkey, where he joined other labor ministers from the world’s major […]

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Finding What Works to End Child Labor in the Philippines

Filed in Child Labor, DOL, International Labor By on September 1, 2015 0 Comments
Finding What Works to End Child Labor in the Philippines

In my travels to support the Department’s programming to end child labor, unexpectedly poignant moments can pierce through the bustle of meetings and interviews to highlight the importance of the work we do. This happened when I traveled to a school in the Negros Occidental region of the Philippines to pilot test a survey for […]

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An Empowered Workforce, a Surging Continent

An Empowered Workforce, a Surging Continent

“Africa is on the move.” When President Obama spoke these words at the African Union late last month, he was invoking not only the historic opportunities and challenges facing the fastest-growing continent with the youngest population on earth – but issues facing the global community as a whole, such as shared economic prosperity and the […]

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A Story of Chocolate and Child Labor

Filed in Child Labor, DOL, International Labor By on July 30, 2015 0 Comments
A Story of Chocolate and Child Labor

Editor’s Note: This has been cross-posted from the Huffington Post. You can view the original here. At 6 a.m., 10-year-old Emmanuel wakes and readies himself for a day of labor in the cocoa fields. Along the way, he watches as other kids walk in the opposite direction – toward school. He reaches the fields at sunrise […]

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Promoting Disability Rights Around the World

Promoting Disability Rights Around the World

When 11-year-old Ibrahim, a young student in Jordan, failed his final exams at the end of sixth grade, he felt ashamed, frustrated and hopeless. His teachers blamed him for “not trying,” but as much as he wanted to, he struggled with an undiagnosed learning disability. His school gave him the option to repeat the sixth […]

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