July 2014


The Cost of a Job: 
ILO and Verité Team Up to Provide Training on Responsible Recruitment

by Philip Hunter, Program Director

Verité has been advocating a reform of international recruitment practices for many years. This work began with supply chain assessments and research on manufacturing, agriculture and other sectors that uncovered serious abuses of migrant workers. We are now taking our next step by teaming up with the International Labour Organization to deliver training for recruitment agencies in Vietnam, the Philippines and India. Under the umbrella of the ILO Decent Work Across Borders program, this work will engage the industry in each country to give participants practical skills, strategies and tools to address the labor and human rights challenges they face in day-to-day operations and business relationships. [Read more]

From the Field: 
Unaccompanied Children: Violence and Conditions in Central American Agriculture Linked to Border Crisis

by Quinn Kepes, Program Manager

The high rate of violence, impunity, and poverty makes Central American children extremely vulnerable to human trafficking in criminal activities, as well as in the agricultural sector. These children arriving in the United States are at a high risk of trafficking at the hands of finca owners, drug traffickers, and human smugglers, and the United States, which has positioned itself as an international leader in the fight against human trafficking, has responsibility to ensure that we are not deporting trafficked children to be victimized yet again. [Read more]

Latest News: 
's Project for Government Contractor Compliance with Anti-Trafficking Executive Order

by Shawn MacDonald, Director of Programs and Research

Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted Verité’s contribution to the elimination of human trafficking during the recent release of the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report. Funded by the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Verité's project is a multi-stage initiative to support federal contractors and other businesses, as well as government contracting officials, to understand how they might be linked to human trafficking—forced labor in particular—in their supply chains and how they can establish compliance with Executive Order 13627 on Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts. [Read more]

Empowering Workers to Improve Conditions at Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects

by Declan Croucher, Director of Business Development


It is challenging to ensure that international labor standards are implemented consistently over the lifespan of large multi-year infrastructure projects in developing countries, and part of the problem stems from the multiplicity of employers on-site during different project phases. But Verité is committed to empowering workers—giving them a say when it comes to their rights and working conditions. It is a vital element in a comprehensive approach to ensure the consistent application of an effective labor standards framework. [Read more