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The TPP: Another Deadly Trade Deal

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

For decades, the regulations for international commerce, for so-called free trade, have lined the pockets of the already wealthy and emptied those of workers thrown out of their jobs.

Wake Up, Teen Consumers!

Sophia Armenakas | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Sophia Armenakas

Do you ever think about where the threads used to make your tee shirt were spun? Or whose hands have touched the hem of your jeans? Do we really know where the things we buy come from?

Middle-Class Joe Expresses Middle-Class Angst

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As Vice President Joe Biden announced his decision last week not to run for president, he talked about dreams denied, possibilities foreclosed. He wasn't speaking of his own aspirations, though.

Nou Fini: An Unexpected Journey

Marceline Fleurilus | Posted 10.14.2015 | World
Marceline Fleurilus

During a recent trip to my home town of Verrettes, I noticed a small girl walking alone in my neighborhood. Though I didn't realize it then, my life changed in that instant. She carried a heavy load on her head and looked malnourished.

Weirdest Ad Ever: H&M, Pseudo-Sustainability and Diversity Porn

Melody Moezzi | Posted 10.02.2015 | Style
Melody Moezzi

While I strongly support more and better media representations of Muslims, Sikhs, members of the LGBT community, older women and people of color, I'm not about to commend H&M here. For one, their most prominent ads still tend to feature unnaturally thin white women.

CRS and LWR Honor the Millions of Unsung Heroes Behind Your Morning Java

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Beyond the small-scale farmers who grow your coffee are countless millions of farmworkers -- the men, women and children who toil in anonymity in the coffee fields to make your daily habit possible, sometimes under conditions that are an affront to human dignity.

Tim Gunn Talks Supply Chain Transparency in Fashion

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

There is increased awareness in the fashion industry when it comes to the need for transparency, Gunn says, but he isn't confident that this has translated into action.

A Story Of Chocolate And Child Labor

Eric R. Biel | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Eric R. Biel

Addressing child labor is critical for responding to these wider challenges. And reducing child labor in supply chains is integral to the long-term sustainability of cocoa production.

Open Letter to Tootsie Roll Industries From the "Tootsie Roll Girl"

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

You've probably forgotten about me by now, but I am certain you remember my work. I'm the "Tootsie Roll girl." That kid who sang the jingle in the 70s. The one that goes: "Whatever it is I think I see, becomes a Tootsie Roll to me." Yeah, that one.

The Greatest American Heroine You've Never Heard of: Why Florence Kelley Should Be the Woman on the Next $10 Bill

Sally Greenberg | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Sally Greenberg

One of the National Consumers League's founders, Florence Kelley, was a champion for equal rights and consumer protections who fought her whole life for democracy and would be an ideal candidate - a true unsung female American hero.

A Strategic Opportunity to Advance U.S.-Vietnam Relations

Antony Blinken | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Antony Blinken

This week, the United States and Vietnam will open a new chapter in our history as General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong travels to Washington, the first visit by Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary to the U.S. since our two nations established relations 20 years ago.

Syrian Conflict Causing Child Labor Crisis. Here's What's Being Done

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria has taken a toll on the lives of children who have remained there, as well as the estimated 2 million refugee...

Conversation With My Daughter About Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

As we take turns pushing her one-year-old brother in his stroller, my daughter asks me why people don't just stay away from bad people, then they won't be trafficked. I tell her that usually the story starts out with hope.

Child Labor Only Occurs In Poor Countries And 4 Other Myths About The Practice | Posted 06.12.2015 | Impact

The ILO defines child labour as work that “deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical ...

Report: Quality Education Is Key To Ending Child Labor

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact

LONDON, June 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 170 million youth are trapped in child labor, deprived of education and facing a life without ...

Our TPP Negotiators are Determined to Win the Race to the Bottom

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

If the administration and House members shrug off Malaysia's poor human rights record, they are sending a message to the rest of the Malaysian economy and any other country that competes against Malaysia in the global economy: The U.S. will not enforce global rules on human trafficking.

TPP Reduces Human Trafficking and Child Labor to Misdemeanors

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Last week, President Obama's credibility on trade policy took another punch in the neck. For months, arguments in favor of the huge new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership have fallen flat with the public. His "hit parade of failed arguments" gives the deal an air of desperation.

The Average Hipster Employs 27 Slaves Each Day. Here's How To Change That

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact

Updated on May 7, 2015; 12:30 p.m. EST. Hipsters may value social progress, but their coffee habits say otherwise. That's according to the team ...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Committee Decides Child Slavery Is An Issue, After All | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate committee writing up legislation to advance President Barack Obama's trade agenda agreed Wednesday evening that there should ...

Elise Foley

Senators Don't Address Forced Labor Provision In Trade Bill | Elise Foley | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new trade bill from Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is notable in part for what it doesn't do: close an exception th...

A Shocking Trip To A Brick Factory Pushed This Nobel Peace Prize Winner To Fight Child Slavery

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.19.2015 | World

When Kailash Satyarthi was 26 years old, he left his career as an electrical engineer to pursue a more pressing challenge -- the fight against exploit...

Here's What's Being Done To Get Child Laborers Working 16-Hour Days Off Of U.S. Tobacco Fields

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact

Advocates are speaking out on behalf of child workers' health and well-being after a bill that would have regulated Virginia's tobacco farming industr...

Obamas Honor Work Of 12-Year-Old Child Slave Turned Activist During India Trip

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact

Promoting gender equality was vital in President Obama's message to India, so it made sense that a 12-year-old female activist who has overcome incred...

How 'Harry Potter' Fans Won Their War Against Child Labor

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact

The fictional world of "Harry Potter" has made a profound impact on human rights in Muggle society. And it used chocolate to do it. Warner Bros...

Improving the Lives of Farm Workers in Mexico: A Shared Responsibility

Fair Trade USA | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

There are still many challenges, but a lot has changed already -- just in the last 10 years child labor has become almost unheard of on many of the bigger export farms, and more groups are now complying with Mexican labor laws. But of course, more can be done.