Entries by CLC Member

US Should Protect Young Farmworkers–Lawmakers, Labor Department Need to Act

Margaret Wurth Senior Researcher, Children’s Rights Division [This piece originally appeared on at www.hrw.org on June 13, 2022] As the world marks another World Day Against Child Labor, US leaders should commit to ending child labor at home. Globally, countries have reduced the number of children involved in child labor – defined as work performed by children below […]

Surging Child Labor Demands Government Action New Global Numbers Show Backsliding Even Before Covid-19 Pandemic

  By Jo Becker Advocacy Director, Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch   Ahead of the World Day Against Child Labor this weekend, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have just released shocking new figures. They estimate that 160 million children were engaged in child labor in 2020. This […]

152 Million Reasons to End Child Labor by year 2025

By CLC-member Timothy Ryan of Solidarity Center By Timothy Ryan* An African proverb says that it takes a village to raise a child, but one can also say that it takes the whole world to protect one child. Children today are faced with increasing challenges. When children should be playing, studying and enjoying their short […]

In a Pandemic Year, Some Good News for Children–10 Points of Progress in 2020

By Jo Becker, Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch     This year has been devastating for children. The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the education of 1.5 billion students, pushed an estimated 150 million additional children into poverty, left many without caregivers, and increased child labor, child marriage, and violence in the home. But despite the enormous hardships, the year has also brought some good […]

Convention 182, Historic Commitment to End Worst Forms of Child Labor, Is Universally Ratified

Governments Pledge to Root Out Hazardous Work, but More Protections Needed by Margaret Wurth [Originally published at www.hrw.org on August 5, 2020]   MargaretWurtThe world reached an important milestone this week in the fight to end child labor. All 187 member countries of the International Labour Organization (ILO) have now ratified ILO Convention No. 182 […]

Child Labor in U.S. Tobacco: Why Can’t We Make it Stop?

By Kendra Moesle, Program Communications Coordinator Children in the Fields Campaign (CIFC) is an active member of the Child Labor Coalition, which strives to combat child labor here in the U.S. and abroad.  Also partners with us on that coalition is the 100 Million Campaign:  a worldwide movement led by kids advocating for kids, whose call to action is […]

Children Working in Terrifying Conditions in US Agriculture — New Research Shows Child Farmworkers Unprepared for Workplace Dangers

By Margaret Wurth Senior Researcher, Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch (HRW) New research published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine reinforces just how dangerous agricultural work is for children in the United States – and how unprepared most are for what they face in the fields. More US child workers die in agriculture than in any other industry. Every […]

More US Child Workers Die in Agriculture Than in Any Other Industry

New US Government Report Highlights Dangers Caused by Weak Child Labor Laws By Margaret Wurth   More than half of work-related deaths among children in the US occur in agriculture, according to a new US government report published this week. This happens despite the fact that farms employ less than six percent of child workers, […]

Report Traces Goods Made with Child Labor to 76 Countries

Of the products we use, wear, or consume every day, how many are made with child labor? Perhaps quite a few. A new report from the US Department of Labor identifies 148 different consumer goods produced with child or forced labor around the world. The list includes clothing, beef, sugar, bricks, coffee, and other products originating from […]