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USA: List of IIECL and Emily Sandall Foundation’s Emily Grant Awards 2004 – 2013 – IIECL

October 1, 2013

2013 marks International Initiative to End Child Labor’s 15th anniversary as an organization working to end child labor. Since 2004, IIECL and the Emily Sandall Foundation (beginning in 2007) has been supporting the award of mini-grants to individuals, groups and organizations to promote a variety of actions toward ending child labor. As of the spring of 2013, a total of 89 grants have been awarded to support initiatives to end child labor in 30 countries worldwide. By the close of 2013, we expect the number of Emily grants to exceed 100.

We are thankful for the partnership with the 89 individuals, groups and organizations with whom we have worked in the past. We are very pleased with the outcomes of many of the grantees work. Through the Emily grants, thousands of children’s lives have been improved, bringing an end to child labor and a new beginning down a pathway of opportunity for the future. (For past Emily grant applicants and grantees awarded an Emily grant(s), we ask you to please note the paragraphs at the end of this announcement. Click here to read more…


USA: Emily Sandall Foundation Pledges 10 New Emily Grants for Fall 2013 – IIECL


The International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL) is pleased to announce that the Emily Sandall Foundation (ESF) has pledged to support 10 new Emily grants for the fall of 2013. Emily grants are awarded to individuals (students, youth, teachers, researchers, adults), groups (youth, girls/women/boys or advocacy groups), or organizations (civic, community based or non-governmental organizations) that want to end child labor. The awards are small mini-grants, totaling US $500 each and are to be used to support specific actions toward ending child labor. The grants are named in honor of Emily Sandall who was an activist promoting human rights for children Click here to read more…


USA: Latest Findings on Country Performance with Ending Child Labor Published – IIECL


Washington, DC: USDOL releases it’s 2012 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

September 30, 2013–US Department of Labor held its annual event to release the latest findings on the status of individual countries’ progress on ending the worst forms of child labor and the list of goods produced by child labor or forced labor.

Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, former Secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman, and Senator Tom Harkin were guest speakers. Using a talk show format moderated by Carol Pier, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, each guest speaker offered a “Then, Now and Next” perspective on how the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 182 on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor was passed and the US’s ratification of the UN convention was achieved. Past lessons learned were shared by Sec. Heman and Sen. Harkin to help guide future work on addressing child labor. Click here to read more…


Switzerland: Marking Progress against Child Labor (Report) – ILO

September 26, 2013

GENEVA – A new report by the International Labor Organization (ILO), Marking Progress against Child Labor, says that the global number of child laborers has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million. But even the latest improved rate of decline is not enough to achieve the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labor by 2016 – agreed by the international community through the ILO. Click here to read more…


Switzerland: ILO releases new tool to help countries address child slavery and prostitution – ILO

September 13, 2013

The United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO) today launched a new tool to help countries eliminate children’s involvement in slavery, child prostitution, drug trafficking and other types of the worst forms of child labor by 2016.

The ILO created the training guide – “Implementing the Roadmap for achieving the elimination of the worst forms of child labor: a training guide for policy makers” – for Government, workers’ and employers’ organizations and international and non-governmental organizations. Click here to read more…


Nepal: The Trafficked, Abandoned and Displaced Children of Nepal – The International

September 11, 2013

Developing countries have been hit hard by the financial crisis in the West, as funding rapidly dwindles for organizations such as the Umbrella Foundation, one of the most established sources of support for the lost children of Nepal. Child trafficking, street children and corrupt orphanage owners are just some of the issues dealt with by the organization, whose primary mission, in accordance with research by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is to reunify children with their families. Click here to read more…


Japan: Nintendo under fire for use of conflict minerals – EC


Electronics manufacturer Nintendo is facing mounting pressure from human rights activists over its use of conflict minerals in its gaming consoles. The Japanese company is being urged to take steps to eliminate the use of the minerals in its production process, while activists are also calling for the improvement of its accountability and transparency levels.

All electronic devices require the use of minerals in their manufacturing. In Nintendo’s case, it is alleged that some of these minerals are being sourced in the mines of eastern Congo, many of which are directly linked to the violent conflicts that have engulfed the region over the past 15 years Click here to read more…


Syria: Syria’s 11-Year-Old Killing Machine – VICE US

August 29, 2013

The Little Lion: Syria’s 11-Year-Old Killing Machine – VICE US  Mohammed Afar is 11 years old. The modified AK-47 assault rifle he carries stretches to nearly two-thirds his height.

Over the top of his faded yellow jacket a Free Syrian Army vest holds three extra clips, each full with live ammunition, and a walkie-talkie. An FSA badge sits on one side and a rendering of the Islamic Shahada, in Arabic calligraphy, on the other.

He says he does not miss school or want to stay at home with his mother and two sisters. Click here to read more…