Labor Dept. Awards $10 Million to Combat Forced Labor
The Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs announced recently a $10 million award to the International Labor Organization to fight forced labor of adults and children globally. The ILAB grant will fund the ILO’s Bridge Project, which supports global and national efforts to take action on last year’s landmark ILO Forced Labor Protocol to Convention 29 on Forced Labor and its supporting resolution. The project will:
- help raise awareness globally about the urgent need to eradicate forced labor;
- invest the needed resources to further data collection to more accurately measure the problem;
- 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 will also develop pilot programs in at least three select priority countries, including Mauritania, Nepal and Peru. These pilot countries will serve as models for how the protocol and recommendation could be effectively implemented at the country level.