Entries under ‘U.S. Department of Labor’

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The Children in Our Fields – World Day Against Child Labor 2012

For the forgotten, whom we remember once a year… If I were a poet, this would be my opening line, like A Bed for the Night or A Brief for the Defense or Elegy, but the poem would be darker and full of Bukowski-like heartache and disdain. But I am not a poet. I am [...]

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Remarks on Receiving the Iqbal Masih Award

I’m honored to accept this award and would like to share it with all of the people who have helped over the years with the films, our Kenya Schoolhouse program and Media Voices for Children. Thank you for this encouragement. I got here by accident from another career. I was making network TV documentaries … [...]

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Rwanda Country Profile

from the US DOL 2010 report on the worst forms of child labor

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Jamaica Country Profile

from the 2010 US Department of Labor report on the worst forms of child labor

Down on the Farm

This week at Media Voices, Julia Perez highlights the Congressional Farm Belt resistance to changing labor regulations in a way that extends the same protections to youth working in agriculture as we have in all other labor sectors. Her piece, The Parental Exemption on Family Farms: If Corporations Are People, Are They Parents Too?, points [...]

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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Why is DOL Holding Back?

On September 2, 2011 the Department of Labor (DOL) announced proposed revisions to child labor regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is currently seeking public comments until Nov 1, 2011. The department is tasked with ensuring that work for young people is “safe, age-appropriate, and does not jeopardize their schooling.” Because of [...]

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100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day; an event that honors women and their struggle for equal rights. The idea grew out of the women’s labor movement in the U.S. In March of 1908, to protest low pay and deplorable working conditions in factories, members of the International Garment Worker’s Union [...]

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The CRC, Chocolate and School Lunch – Is this Progress?

In her very personal essay this week, A Committed Reluctance, child protection specialist Jessica Lenz writes of her deepened commitment to the U.S. Campaign to Ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a result of recently becoming a mother.

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The Tip of the Iceberg- Stopping Child Labor in Uzbek Cotton Fields

Yesterday,  an important event occurred  in Washington, D.C. at midday in front of the Embassy of Uzbekistan. The purpose was to rally and picket to end the use of forced child labor in picking cotton in Uzbek fields. Remarkably, the use of  millions of children as a pool of forced laborers has been official Uzbek [...]

A Future of Promise

Produced by the U.S. Department of Labor for World Day Against Child Labor 2009, this video details the efforts of the Department of Labor to combat child labor worldwide.