Verité Policy Work
A Selection of Policy Initiatives We Have Recently Worked On
Verité works in concert with other organizations to support policy and legislation that promote decent work and ensure accountability for labor abuses. Through engagement with advocacy groups such as the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), the Child Labor Coalition (CLC), and the Tariff Act Advisory Group (TAAG), we advocate for robust funding of federal programs and the creation and effective enforcement of laws and regulations to promote labor rights.
A selection of policy initiatives we have recently worked on are shared below. Updates will be made on an ongoing basis.
A Presidential Agenda for Ending Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking – Through our work with ATEST, Verité contributed to a comprehensive memorandum of recommendations for the Biden-Harris administration, which advocates for a whole-of-government approach to combating human trafficking and forced labor.
Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) – The purpose of the TVPA, passed by Congress in 2000, is to protect victims of human trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and prevent further trafficking. The TVPA is set to expire and will need to be reauthorized this year. To that end, Verité worked with other members of ATEST to present recommendations to members of Congress that will help to ensure a comprehensive approach to end trafficking.
Engagement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) – The Department of Labor is charged with producing a list of goods from countries that ILAB has reason to believe are produced by child labor or forced labor in violation of international standards. Congress recently expanded ILAB’s mandate to include goods produced with inputs made with child or forced labor. Verité collaborated with ATEST to submit comments and recommendations for ILAB to effectively meet this new mandate and enhance its reporting efforts.
Engagement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on effective enforcement of the Tariff Act’s prohibition of imports of goods made with forced labor.