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The Persistence of Hope – An Open Letter to President Obama

Mr. President, Like millions of Americans, I was touched by your comments on election eve and again during your acceptance speech in Chicago, especially when you spoke of the future you envision for our children. You said “All those kids in inner cities, small farm towns — kids dreaming of becoming scientists or doctors, engineers [...]

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Maid in Lebanon

Every year thousands of Asian women leave their homes and families and become domestic workers in the Middle East. Carol Mansour’s excellent documentary produced for the International Labour Organization explores the struggles and experiences of these women, and the complicated relationships with their employers. This is part one of two. For the second half of the documentary (well worth the time), click here

Framework of Action on Child Labour in Agriculture

Global March Against Child Labour International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture Washington DC, USA July 28-30, 2012 This International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture (28-30 July 2012, Washington D.C., U.S.A.): • organised by the Global March Against Child Labour; • and attended by 156 participants from governments, intergovernmental agencies, trade unions, teacher organisations, [...]

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Hunger in America

This week at Media Voices, we are focusing on hunger, or food insecurity, in the United States. Coincidentally, the U.S. House of Representatives just passed a budget that is perfectly appalling in its implications for vulnerable children. The Ryan budget takes a giant step toward closing the gap between the United States and the developing [...]

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Joceli’s Legacy: My First Encounter with Child Labor

I can still remember the first time I saw a child engaged in the worst forms of child labor. Her name was Joceli, a 13-year-old Huichol girl, whose family migrated from the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico to harvest tobacco. She sat under a tree stringing tobacco leaves, working alongside her parents from sun-up to [...]

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Haiti Country Profile

from the 2010 US Department of Labor’s Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

2011 Global Monitoring Report
‘Supply’ and ‘Demand’

This week at Media Voices, we consider the phrase ‘supply and demand’ when thinking about how to combat the traffic in human beings. The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women brings us a very insightful report this week, Moving Beyond ‘Supply’ and ‘Demand’ Catchphrases: Assessing the uses and limitations of demand-based approaches in anti-trafficking. Based [...]

Wangari Maathai

This week came the news that Wangari Maathai has succumbed to cancer at a hospital in Nairobi. Very few people knew she was ill. Her death is a blow indeed. A very great lady has left us.

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Onion Fields of Mexico

70% of all children work in agriculture. Here in Mexico, youngsters work in the hot sun with their families and are exposed to pesticides and the dangers of working near heavy agricultural equipment. 20% of all farm worker fatalities are children. Shot in 2003 for Stolen Childhoods.

Leaving the Past, Living for the Future

Moving back and forth from state to state, from school to school and from home to home has been a disappointment and a relief. It is a disappointment because I leave numerous wonderful teachers and friends behind. After having several months of being with my friends and my teachers, I get attached to them. We [...]

Dangerous Exposure
Dangerous Exposure: Farmworker Children and Pesticides

Children of farmworkers bear a disproportionate burden of health effects from pesticide use in our country. Birth defects, neurological complications, respiratory illness, and cancers have all been linked by peer-reviewed research to pesticide exposure in children. This publication reviews research found on the effects of pesticides on these four areas related to children’s health. The information compiled here is a tool for consumers, policy-makers, health and safety trainers, advocates, those who serve farmworkers, and those who benefit daily from their hard work.

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Child Labor at a Crossroads

This week at Media Voices we report on renewed efforts to end child labor in the cocoa fields of West Africa and the farms and orchards of America. We also have a Viewpoint from Nick Grisewood, The Executive Director of the Global March to End Child Labor, about the importance of integrating efforts to end [...]

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Children of the Harvest

This Wednesday, September 15th, select scenes from the upcoming feature-length documentary, The Harvest/La Cosecha, will be screened before Congress on Capitol Hill. This marks the anniversary of Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard’s introduction of the CARE Act legislation in September of 2009. The film shows what many in the United States find difficult to believe: that it [...]

Hellish Work
Hellish Work

Human Rights Watch report on migrant tobacco workers in Kazakhstan

Accelerating action against child labour

ILO background report on the current state of global child labour prepared for the Global Child Labour Conference in The Hague, 10-11 May 2010

Fields of Peril
Fields of Peril

In this 99-page report Human Rights Watch found that child farmworkers risked their safety, health, and education on commercial farms across the United States. For the report, Human Rights Watch interviewed 59 children under age 18 who had worked as farmworkers in 14 states in various regions of the United States.

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Girl’s Work, or Dignity

Len and Georgia Morris are traveling to the child labor conference in the The Hague this week, so I’m doing the honors for the next two weeks while they’re gone. Monique DeJong has written a wonderful post this week, Proposed ILO Convention Could Protect Migrant Domestic Workers’ Rights. Domestic work is perceived as a relatively [...]

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Proposed ILO Convention Could Protect Migrant Domestic Workers’ Rights

“They tell us we don’t have rights and want us to beg at their feet. There are often day-to-day threats: ‘If you go out on the streets, they will kill you,’” said Antonia Pena, domestic worker and leader of Casa de Maryland, at a panel discussion last month at American University Washington College of Law. [...]

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Slow Reform

Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia and the Middle East (Human Rights Watch Report)

Dignity Overdue
Dignity Overdue: Decent Work for Domestic Workers

Millions of women and girls around the world turn to domestic work in order to provide for themselves and their families. Instead of guaranteeing their ability to work with dignity and free of violence, governments have systematically denied them key labor protections extended to other workers. Domestic workers, often making extraordinary sacrifices to support their families, are among the most exploited and abused workers in the world.
Produced by Human Rights Watch

Cristina’s Story

Nineteen-year-old Cristina talks about working as a nanny for various wealthy families in Salvador, Bahia in Brazil since the age of fourteen.
The interviewer is Patricia Nascimento.

Gem Slaves

Mererani in northern Tanzania is the only place on earth where the precious stone tanzanite is mined. Every day thousands of children risk their lives in poorly constructed mine shafts for barely a meal a day. Despite efforts to curb this deadly practice, the global thirst for tanzanite continues to drive these children underground.

For Gem Slaves, Part 2 – click here

Gem Slaves – Part 2

Mererani in northern Tanzania is the only place on earth where the precious stone tanzanite is mined. Every day thousands of children risk their lives in poorly constructed mine shafts for barely a meal a day. Despite efforts to curb this deadly practice, the global thirst for tanzanite continues to drive these children underground.

The Harvest

Over 500,000 children labor in agriculture in the U.S., The Harvest tells the stories of five of these children from Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota and North Dakota. Produced and Directed by filmmaker Robin Romano in association with Shine Global. This is the trailer for a feature length documentary to be released in 2010.