Child Labor News

Here you can find news articles from the US and around the world concerning Child Labor.

India: The Scourge of Child Labor in India – ABC News (Video)

June 18, 2013

Twenty-eight million children work for low-wages in dangerous jobs. Bob Woodruff takes us inside the heart-wrenching reality of child labor in India, looking at the situation of children who work in coal mines in Northeast India.…/scourge-child-labor-india-19423695

Vatican: Pope Francis denounces growing “plague” of child labor – The Telegraph

June 13, 2013

In a message from the Vatican to mark the World Day against Child Labour, the Pope railed against the “slavery” of child labour, which he said was on the rise in poor countries and affected young girls in particular Click here to read more…

USA: Cong. Lucille Roybal-Allard Reintroduces Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE-Act) – IIECL

On World Day Against Child Labor, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard reintroduced the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment, the CARE Act. If enacted, this legislation would end the dangerous double standard that allows children in agriculture to work at younger ages and for longer hours than children working in all other industries. While retaining current exemptions for family farms, Click here to read more…

USA: US Premiere of Fisher of Kids in Washington, DC A Success – IIECL

Washington, DC – The US premiere of the short film, Fisher of Kids, was held on June 12, 2013 on World Day Against Child Labor. The film was well attended and greeted well by attendees. Click here to read more…

DRC: Congo rebels try to recapture child soldiers – Africa IOL News

June 10, 2013

Johannesburg – The M23 militia in Congo is attempting to recapture a group of 53 child soldiers who recently escaped the militia’s grasp, the United Nations said Monday. The announcement came as M23 and the Congolese government were to resume peace talks in neighboring Uganda. Both sides have been accused by human rights groups of committing serious abuses, though the rebels in particular have been criticized for illegal war tactics Click here to read more…

USA: CLC’s World Day Against Child Labor (WADCL) Film Event – CLC

June 6, 2013

In commemorate World Day Against Child Labor, the US national Child Labor Coalition, comprised of 26 member organizations, will be hosting a free film festival featuring four films on various forms of child labor around the world, including the US.

When: 5:00 pm to 8:15 pm, June 12th. Films begin at 5:30 (preceded by a light reception) and end at approximately 6:30. A “Q and A” session and reception follow.

Where: The Goethe Institute, 812 7th Street (one-half block from the Chinatown Metro). The event is one metro stop away from the USDOL WDACL event, which we encourage you to attend as well.

What: Four films to be featured -

  • The U.S. premiere of The Fisher of Kids, a film about child slavery in Ghana’s fishing industry. The film was made with support from the International Initiative to End Child Labor, the Goethe Institute in Ghana and the International Human Rights Group. Its world premiere in Ghana and European premiere were held in May. Filmmaker Steven Keen will appear.
  • The Harvest (a portion) of the acclaimed film about child labor in US agriculture. Filmmaker Robin Romano and Perla Sanchez, one of the child workers featured in the film, will both appear.
  • Short child labor films by p.h.balanced films, including “What Kids Like.” Filmmaker Piper Hendricks will appear.
  • Zara’s Letter, a moving film about child migrant labor in Turkey’s hazelnut production (directed by Mehmet Ulger).

A 30-40 minute “Q & A” will follow. There will be a pre-screening reception (courtesy of the American Federation of Teachers) and a post-screening reception (courtesy of the ILO and the Solidarity Center).

The film festival is free and open to the public. However, please RSVP if you will be attending [click here].

The CLC wishes to acknowledge additional financial support and in-kind contributions from several CLC members, groups, and individuals that have made this event possible:

  • Goethe Institute
  • Walden Asset Management (CLC)
  • Communications Workers of America (CLC)
  • United Methodist Women (CLC)
  • General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church (CLC)
  • International Labor Rights Forum (CLC)
  • International Initiative to End Child Labor (CLC)
  • GoodWeave (CLC)
  • Ed Gragert

CLC members, including the event work group (the American Federation of Teachers, the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, and the International Initiative to End Child Labor), as well as Free the Slaves, Media Voices for Children and the National Education Association who helped advise us during the film selection process, were all involved in the planning.

The CLC is a national network for the exchange of information about child labor. It provides a forum and a unified voice on protecting working minors and ending child labor exploitation; and develops informational and educational outreach to the public and private sectors to combat child labor abuses and promote progressive initiatives and legislation.

USA: World Day Against Child Labor June 12th Film Festival to Premiere “Fisher of Kids” – IIECL

June 5, 2013

The International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL) is proud to announce the US premiere of the “Fisher of Kids” short film project on World Day Against Child Labor June 12, 2013 at the Goethe Institute in Washington, DC. Joining with the Child Labor Coalition, three other films on various forms of child labor will also be presented. “Fisher of Kids” portrays the remarkable, inspiring true story of James Kofi Annan, a former child slave in the fishing sector in Ghana who became one of the leading anti-child slavery activists of our time. At the age of six, he worked as a child fisherman in more than twenty villages along Lake Volta before he managed to escape seven years later. The fact that he could neither read nor write did not stop him from following his dream to dedicate his life to saving other children from a similar fate.

The US premiere of the short film will take place on June 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm at the Goethe Institute in Washington, DC. The Goethe Institute is located at 812 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001. The Institute is one half-block from the Gallery Place Chinatown Metro stop. The event is free to the public.

The film’s creator, Steven Keen, received an IIECL Emily grant to assist with the cost to complete the filming in Ghana and for further editing work on the film as well. IIECL is very proud of the results of the project and the quality of Mr. Keen’s work. Mr. Keen, along with a panel for three other film producers, will be available to answer questions following the film.

Everyone is invited to attend the premiere. Please RSVP by June 7th to the Child Labor Coalition if you plan to attend [click here].

Fisher of Kids – Official Preview (2013) from Steven Keen on Vimeo.

Bangladesh: Agreements signed by the textile giants is a very good start – L’Express

L’Express interview on May 16, 2013 with Martine Combemale, director of Human Resources Without Borders (IIECL’s sister agency in Europe).

The trade union confederations behind the agreement signed by the major Western clothing brands serves to strengthen security in the textile factories in Bangladesh. ”It is a welcome and positive step forward”, notes Martine Combemale, director of Human Resources Without Borders. Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of clothing, behind China, due to low wages and abundant labor Click here to read more…