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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…


DRC: Kids Are Dying In Congolese Gold Mines, And No One Is Held Accountable – Worldcrunch


KAMITUGA – In this Congolese mining city, children are working illegally — and dying as a result.Over the past few months alone, at least ten youths were reported to have died, crushed by collapsing rocks or asphyxiated inside the mines of Kamituga, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Click here to read more…


Indonesia: Government pulling out child workers, sending them to school –

June 4, 2013

The Indonesian government is launching an intensive programme to withdraw child workers from their workplaces and send them to school in an effort to free the country from child labourers in 2020, Indonesia’s Antara reported.  According to Antara, the government carried out the child labourer withdrawal through its Child Labour Elimination Programme (PPA) in support of its Family Empowerment Scheme (PKH).

“The government is launching a programme to withdraw child workers from their workplaces and send them to schools so that they would not be trapped in any worst forms of child labour,” Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said. Click here to read more…


Emily Grantees Announced for Spring 2013


The International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL) and the Emily Sandall Foundation (ESF) are pleased to announce Emily grants to be awarded for the spring 2013 round of competition. A total of 14 grantees were selected from all regions of the world including projects in Bangladesh, El Salvador, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda, United States (Nebraska) and Zambia. Projects offer a wide array of strategies for ending child labor in targeted communities and address many forms of child labor. Follows is a brief description of the projects and the selected agencies or individuals selected. This brings the total of Emily grants awarded to over 90 since the inception of the grant program in 2004. Click here to read more…


Ghana: World Premiere of “Fisher of Kids” Huge Success – IIECL

May 8, 2013

Accra, Ghana – May 5, 2013  With every single seat occupied and many more guests standing and/or following the event from the balcony, the world premiere of Fisher of Kids - presented by the International Human Rights Group in association with the International Initiative to End Child Labor - has taken its course at Goethe-Institut Ghana – German Cultural Center in Accra. Click here to read more…


DRC: M23 rebels recruit 59 child soldiers – Congo U.N. mission | TVC NEWS


TVC NEWS [D.R. CONGO] – The United Nations mission in Congo has said that the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels have enlisted at least 59 child soldiers.
www.tvcnews.tv/?q=article/m23-rebels-recruit-59-child… Click here to read more…