Friday, December 21, 2012

U.S. Joins Brazil, Peru to End Forced Labor, Child Labor

Child breaking rocks to be used in construction (AP Images)

The U.S. Department of Labor's International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) is providing a $5.35 million grant to support efforts by the governments of Brazil and Peru to end child labor and forced labor.
The grant will fund a project implemented by the International Labour Organization that builds on Brazil's pioneering efforts to combat forced labor through a trilateral partnership with the United States and Peru.

In Brazil, the project will help link victims and their households to social and livelihood programs. In Peru, the project will share good practices developed in Brazil to strengthen Peru's ongoing efforts to combat forced labor.

Since 1995, ILAB projects have rescued approximately 1.5 million children from exploitive labor. The U.S. Labor Department has funded 260 such projects implemented by more than 65 organizations in 91 countries. ILAB currently oversees more than $210 million of active programming to combat the worst forms of child labor.

For more information, see the Labor Department news release.

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