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Verité works with allies 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 programs to promote labor rights, empower workers, and put an end to human trafficking and modern day slavery.
Few reports have as much significance in the world of labor rights as the bi-annual U.S. Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor, the latest edition of which was released on September 30.
As is the case in most crises, the most vulnerable in society will feel the worst impacts of COVID-19. Children, especially those from poor communities, are at particular risk of exploitation as parents fall deeper into poverty during the ensuing economic crisis and face appalling choices about how to sustain their families.
While we are humbled by the great deal more we need to accomplish, we are proud of what we have been able to achieve this past year. Please join us in a review of selected notable projects from 2019.