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Child Labor

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

Fair Trade USA | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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.

Getting Afghan Girls Off Weaving Looms and Into Schools

Skoll Foundation | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

According to the International Labour Organization, there are 168 million child laborers, forced to sacrifice their youth and their education. In Afghanistan, UNICEF estimates that as many as one in three school-age children are put to work, many of them weaving rugs for Western retailers.

An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

85 Million Children Work in Dangerous Conditions: Are Governments Fulfilling Their Promise to Prevent This?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

In countries around the world, kids work in gold mines, salt mines, and stone quarries--while millions more toil in fields, factories, or construction sites.

Children's Right to Education: Where Does the World Stand?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 11.07.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

In Mexico, one out of every two teenagers won't finish high school. In India, only a third of students get their high school diploma. Even in the U.S., around 5500 high schoolers will drop out before the end of the day.

Taking Action Against Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Anti-Slavery Day was created by Act of Parliament in order to raise awareness of modern slavery and help mobilize efforts to eliminate all forms of slavery.

Children Are Sacred

Ana Nance | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Ana Nance

Most of this fast-growing, urban center of now over a million of Amerindian people was formed by migrant workers who came here to seek a better fortune. 'Cholitas' are Aymara women who have come to the city, and are also known for breaking social barriers.

Kailash, the Other Hero

Monique Villa | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Monique Villa

Kailash has dedicated over 30 years of his life to the fight against human trafficking. At the age of 26 he gave up a promising career as an electrical engineer to fight child slavery, a crime that affects millions of children across India.

The Radical Images of Lewis Hine, Documentary Photographer

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.27.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Perhaps the most successful documentary photographer in American history was Lewis Hine, who was born 140 years ago this week. He may be less well-known than other muckraking journalists of his generation, but his work was a key part of the Progressive Era reform movement that made America a more humane society.

How the iPhone Helps Perpetuate Modern-Day Slavery

Carl Gibson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Carl Gibson

We either have to collectively decide that we'll hold onto our current products as long as we can until the promise of sustainable manufacturing is made, or to line up like cattle for the next level of expensive gadgets made possible by a tremendous amount of human suffering.

Free at Last: My Stroll with the CNN Freedom Project

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 10.21.2014 | Media
Ebenezar Wikina

CNN has a freedom project that has been dedicated to fighting modern-day slavery since 2002, and considering the fact that child labour is one dominant form of slavery in this generation, I decided to interview CNN Executive Editor Mr. Leif Coorlim.

The Harrowing Story Of A Former Indian Street Child

OWN | Posted 08.21.2014 | OWN

When Satender Sharma was 13 years old, he had to make a frightening choice: continuing living with his abusive father, or run away and attempt to surv...

The Global Crisis Of Child Labor, In 1 Map

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business

In much of the world, childhood means being forced to go to work. There are approximately 168 million child laborers around the world, according to...

Bolivia Is On The Verge Of Making It Legal To Work From Age 10

AP | PAOLA FLORES | Posted 09.16.2014 | World

EL ALTO, Bolivia (AP) — Alicia weaves through El Alto's stalled traffic under a blazing sun, hawking colorful woven flowers to grumpy drivers and lo...

Samsung Suspends Ties With Supplier Accused Of Child Labor

AP | YOUKYUNG LEE | Posted 09.13.2014 | Technology

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The So...

The False Promise of an International Business and Human Rights Treaty

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Aaron Rhodes

Transnational or other corporations that exploit children need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and also punished by consumers.

Samsung Is Charged With Child Labor Violations -- Again

AP | By YOUKYUNG LEE | Posted 09.09.2014 | Technology

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a pe...

Bolivia Passes Law To Allow 10-Year-Olds To Work

AP | Posted 07.05.2014 | World

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's Congress has passed legislation to allow children as young age 10 to work as long as it does not interfere with the...

Tobacco Farmer To 'Daily Show': It's OK To Employ Kids In The Fields Because Society's 'Too Soft'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact

They’re too young to smoke cigarettes, and are still at that glorious age when they could go to summer camps, but thousands of kids across the U.S. ...

Shrimp Supply Tainted With Modern Slavery: Why Global Business Transparency Is Needed

Katie Shay | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Katie Shay

Americans love shrimp. In fact, we love it so much that we eat it more than any other seafood, and almost more than tuna and salmon combined. However, that love comes with a price -- and a steep one at that.

Let's Work Together to Get Every Child in School by the End of 2015

Gordon Brown | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

While the world promised that by the end of next year every single child would be at school, the total figure for children who are being deprived not just of an education but of the oxygen of opportunity was 57 million last year.

The Key To Ending Child Labor Is Helping Poor Families So Kids Aren't Forced To Work

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact

The number of child laborers worldwide is finally on the decline, but there are still 168 million too many kids being forced to work around the world....

This World Cup Let's Work to End Child Labor

Gary Stahl | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Gary Stahl

The concern with protecting Brazilian children and adolescents from child labor during the World Cup is both legitimate and necessary.

Tens of Thousands of Haitian Children Are Trapped in Child Labor Nightmare

Anick Supplice Dupuy | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Anick Supplice Dupuy

As the sun sets in the West, the sea beyond Port-au-Prince turns a dreamy orange. This view of the ocean from Haiti's downtown capital can seem tranquil, but for tens of thousands of restavek children dusk marks a deepening nightmare.

These Children Do Backbreaking Labor Instead Of Going To School

AP | ESTHER HTUSAN | Posted 06.12.2014 | World

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Early every morning, 11-year-old Chit Toke wakes up in the small bamboo shack beside a creek where his family lives. In the n...