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Ending Abusive Child Labor: Global Strategies for a Global Problem

Testimony before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus

Chairpersons Porter and Lantos, and Members of the Human Rights Caucus:

Thank you for the opportunity to speak before this distinguished body of Members whose commitment to the cause of human rights has been demonstrated repeatedly and insistently for many years on many causes in many countries.

International Labor Rights Fund Endorses the Apparel Industry Partnership Agreement


The Board of Directors of the International Labor Rights Fund voted this week to endorse the agreement completed one month ago that establishes a Fair Labor Association to oversee garment and footwear production around the world for the U.S. market. The agreement was the product of intense negotiations involving two trade unions, five human rights, labor rights, consumer and religious organizations and ten apparel and footwear producers over the past 27 months.

Global March Against Child Labor Arrives in the United States


The Global March Against Child Labor arrives today in the United States. Two days of events in the Los Angeles area will launch the U.S. leg of the Global March. Former child laborers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States, along with children's rights advocates, will then travel across the country to Washington, D.C., participating along the way in local events demanding education, not exploitation, for children.

ILRF Files Trade Complaint Seeking Import Ban on Carpets Made with Child Labor


The International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) applauds Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Bernie Sanders for their determined effort to end the exploitive use of child labor in the global economy. Senator Harkin's leadership on the issue has resulted in the Congressionally-mandated research studies on child labor conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, which provide in great detail the harsh realities of the present global economy.