Action Against Child Exploitation(ACE) is a Japanese NGO working to address the issues of child labor around the world. ACE strives to solve the issue of child labor through engagement and partnership with local communities, businesses, and consumers. Its project areas include Japan, India, and Ghana.
The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and represents nearly 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, 43 state affiliates and 1.5 million members. The AFT believes that every child in the world has the right to a high-quality, free, compulsory education. AFT secretary-treasurer Lorretta Johnson co-chairs the Child Labor Coalition.
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The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) has been an advocate for migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the United States since 1971. It’s mission is to improve the quality of life for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families by providing advocacy for the member organizations that serve them. AFOP believes that training and education can provide the launching pad to a better and more stable life for the workers who plant, tend, and harvest the crops that Americans consume at their tables.
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(BIC) partners with civil society in developing and transition countries to influence the World Bank and other international financial institutions (IFIs) to promote social and economic justice and ecological sustainability. The BIC is currently working to implement a “labor safeguard” at the World Bank that would help protect adult and child workers from the unintended consequences of Bank projects.
Beyond Border works to end child slavery and prevent violence against women and girls in Haiti. It also works to guarantee universal access to education and to replace systems that oppress the poor with systems that support dignified work and sustainable livelihoods.
Corporate Accountability Lab unleashes the creative potential of the law to protect people and the planet from corporate abuse. CAL was founded in response to the crisis of widespread corporate abuse of human rights and the environment and disappearing legal tools to hold corporations accountable. In the midst of this ongoing crisis, public interest lawyers and the broader social justice community are too often overburdened with work using existing tools and lack the time, resources, and space to come up with creative strategies for broad impact. CAL aims to change that.
East Coast Migrant Head Start Project is committed to preparing the children of migrant and seasonal farm workers for success. It provides holistic, high-quality early childhood education services for children and families in a nurturing, culturally-sensitive environment, and by providing services and advocating for children and families in their other areas of need. It operates 38 centers and provides Head Start services to over 3,000 migrant children annually.
ECPAT-USA is a leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States, belonging to an international network of organizations in 75 countries, all working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. For twenty-five years, policy makers, individuals, churches, and other organizations have looked to ECPAT-USA for leadership because of its groundbreaking work in protecting children from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
Fairtrade works to make trade more fair. Our standards require sustainable production and farming practices, improved working conditions, better prices and wages for farmers and workers, and more transparent trade practices. Fairtrade prohibits child labor, forced labor, GMOs, and encourages environmentally-friendly production.
Farmworker Justice is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice. Using a multi-faceted approach, Farmworker Justice engages in litigation, administrative and legislative advocacy, training and technical assistance, coalition-building, public education and support for union organizing.
The First Focus Campaign for Children is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization affiliated with First Focus, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization. The Campaign for Children advocates directly for legislative change in Congress to ensure children and families are a priority in federal policy and budget decisions. The Campaign for Children presses for policy changes to improve the well-being and protect the rights of the next generation of America’s leaders. The campaign’s advocacy is focused in the areas of child health, education, early childhood, family economics, child welfare, immigration, and child safety, in addition to tax and budget policies that lift children out of poverty. The First Focus Campaign for Children seeks to increase the federal investment in programs that support and protect our nation’s most precious resource, our children.
Free the Slaves liberates slaves, helps them rebuild their lives, and changes the economic, legal and social systems that allow modern slavery to exist. Through innovative grassroots community organizing projects, rigorous evaluation and groundbreaking research, targeted advocacy, and compelling communications and public engagement, Free the Slaves is helping show the world that ending slavery is possible.”
The Global Campaign for Education, U.S. (GCE-US) is a broad-based coalition of over 80 national and community-based organizations, international NGOs, teacher unions, faith-based groups, and think tanks dedicated to ensuring universal quality education for all children. The mission of the Global Campaign for Education-US is to promote education as a basic human right and mobilize to create political will in the United States and internationally to ensure universal quality education, which is at the core of all human development.
The Global Fairness Initiative promotes a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development for the world’s working poor by advancing fair wages, equal access to markets, and balanced public policy to generate opportunity and end the cycle of poverty.
Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF) is a new merged organization bringing strategic capacity to cross-sectoral work on global value chains and labor migration corridors. GLJ-ILRF holds global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains; advances policies and laws that protect decent work and just migration; and strengthens freedom of association, new forms of bargaining, and worker organizations.
GoodWeave—a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi—is the leading global institution working to end child labor in global supply chains through a market-based system and holistic approach. GoodWeave brings visibility to global supply chains; protects informal and marginalized workers; provides assurance that products are free of child, forced and bonded labor; and restores childhoods to vulnerable children. Look for the GoodWeave® certification label on select products.
Green America is a national, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, membership organization founded in 1982. Formerly named, “Co-op America” until 2009, its mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, HRW gives voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. HRW’s rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ primary responsibility is to organize and educate transportation, freight-related and other workers so that they can attain a higher standard of living. The union aims to assist in organizing workers so that they have a voice in the workplace, educating workers so that they know their workplace rights and can participate fully in our democratic society, involving workers in the political process so that their issues are addressed, and negotiating and enforcing contracts with employers so that each worker will be treated with dignity, justice and respect. The union has 1.4 million members.
The International Initiative on Exploitative Child Labor (IIECL), also commonly known as the International Initiative to End Child Labor, is a US-based, not-for-profit organization, founded in 1998, that conducts and provides education, training, technical assistance, capacity building, research, social accountability auditing, resources, and evaluation services to public and private institutions and agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international programmatic institutions that seek to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in the United States and around the world.
International Rights Advocates promotes human rights and corporate accountability through legal advocacy and capacity building.
Media Voices for Children is an internet news agency for children’s rights. It raises public awareness about the impact of poverty and globalization on the world’s children. It produces and distributes video, interactive media and documentary films, and selects and distributes outstanding media from organizations and journalists around the world. Media Voices is committed to using the internet and the power of social networking and distributed media to build a network of activists and activity, reaching the mainstream media, educational community and the general public.
Mighty Earth is a global environmental campaign organization that works to protect forests, conserve oceans, and address climate change. We work to drive large-scale action towards environmentally responsible agriculture that protects native ecosystems, wildlife, and water, and respects local community rights. We focus on the big issues: conserving threatened landscapes like tropical rainforests, protecting oceans, and solving climate change. Our campaigns and our team have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to adopt policies to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuse from their supply chains, and driven adoption of multi-billion dollar shifts to clean energy. Our Chairman, former Congressman Henry Waxman, is responsible for some of the most important environmental legislation of the last 50 years, notably the 1990 re-authorization of the Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
For more than 45 years, the Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP) has provided legal representation and a national voice for migrant and seasonal farmworkers, the poorest group of working people in the United States. MLAP works to enforce rights and to improve public policies affecting farmworkers’ working and housing conditions, education, health, nutrition, and general welfare. The program works with an extensive network of local service providers..
NASDME is the professional organization of state officials charged with the administrative responsibilities of using their monies effectively and productively to help all migrant children succeed in school. NASDME provides its members ongoing information about events and activities, and offers new members training, guidance and counsel. It prepares publications to inform a wider audience about Migrant Education and represents the Migrant Education community in continuing dialogues with the Federal government.
The mission of the National Consumers League (NCL) is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. A private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues, NCL is the nation’s oldest consumer organization, providing government, businesses, and other organizations with the consumer’s perspective on concerns including worker rights, child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication information.
The vision of the National Education Association, founded in 1857, is a great public school for every student. Its mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite its 2.3 million members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.
In union with farmworker families, the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start association advocates for comprehensive, high-quality Head Start services with diverse stakeholders, paving the path stronger communities and the lifelong success of children and families. It serves nearly 30,000 migrant children and nearly 2,500 seasonal children annually and operates in 38 states in every region of the country.
Pact is an international development organization based in Washington, DC, that works in nearly 40 countries. Pact serves communities challenged by poverty and marginalization and strives for a world where everyone owns their future. Through its integrated approach, Pact addresses the root causes of poverty and marginalization, building systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses and governments so that all people are heard, capable and vibrant.
PRIME International Social Enterprise specializes in labor rights and aligns policies and practices of businesses, governments, advocates, investors, and practitioners to eradicate child labor globally. With a focus on sustainable agriculture, PRIME provides technical assistance and training to businesses, civil society, and governments, to prevent child labor and enhance decent work, vocational skills, and employment opportunities for youth 15-17, who according to most country laws based on International labor standards, are legally old enough to work in non-hazardous conditions. Programs bring experts together to work with partners and businesses in reaching remote areas through community-led participation in local child labor monitoring systems and services.
The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job, widespread democracy and greater equity at work and in their community. Allied with the AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Center assists workers across the globe as, together, they fight discrimination, exploitation and the systems that entrench poverty—to achieve shared prosperity in the global economy.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is a labor union made up of 1.3 million hard-working men and women in the U.S. and Canada. We are a 501(c)(5) nonprofit organization that believes in the power of ordinary people coming together to improve their lives and make a lasting difference for all working people. Our members are your friends and neighbors. They work in grocery and retail stores, pharmacies, health care and manufacturing facilities, and in food processing and meat packing industries. From the rural heartland to teeming urban centers, our members are on the front lines working hard to feed, serve and strengthen the neighborhoods and communities we call home. We believe hard work should be rewarded with a better life, and that no one should have to struggle alone.
The United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society carries out a number of tasks on Capitol Hill. It encourages United Methodists to engage their representatives at the federal and state level through the UM Power Action Center. It develops yearly legislative priorities on issues of concern to United Methodists. It provides weekly chapel services to the community,and it regularly hosts seminar groups learning about the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church.
(UMWA) is a North American labor union best known for representing coal miners and coal technicians. Today, the union also represents health care workers, truck drivers, manufacturing workers and public employees in the United States and Canada.
Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s humanitarian relief work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Its mission is to do whatever it takes to give children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood.
Walden Asset Management, a division of Boston Trust & Investment Management Company, has been a leader in socially responsive investing since 1975, managing their clients’ assets to meet both their unique financial and social investment objectives.
Winrock International is an international development organization with a focus on social, agricultural and environmental issues. Inspired by its namesake Winthrop Rockefeller, Winrock combines scientific and technical expertise with entrepreneurial innovation to deliver market-based solutions that improve lives around the world. Winrock’s mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources across the globe.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice and promote human transformation. It has over 45,000 staff around the world in nearly 100 countries.