Some interesting web sites on child labor, child trafficking, and safe work for youth [please check CLC member links in our “Coalition Members” category in our “About Us” section]:
Child Labor History:
Check out these child labor photos from the past.
Child Labor Reports [many other reports can be found in our “documents” button on the right side of this page]:
CRS Report Examines U.S. Child Labor: History, Recent Policy Initiatives, Legislation.
The history of domestic child labor is examined in four periods of U.S. history, from the late 19th century through the 111th Congress ending in 2010, in a new report released Jan. 4, 2011 by the Congressional Research Service.
In December 2010, DOL released three reports on child labor and/or forced labor in foreign countries. Included in the release is the newly redesigned, ninth annual Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, a report mandated by the Trade and Development Act of 2000 that provides information on the efforts of certain U.S. trade beneficiary countries to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. This year’s report highlights the major findings related to each government’s efforts and includes country-specific suggestions for government action to combat these problems.
DOL also released ILAB’s update to its List of Goods Produced by Child or Forced Labor, which is mandated by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005. The update adds 6 new goods and 12 new countries for a total of 128 goods from 70 countries that ILAB has reason to believe are produced by forced labor, child labor or both, in violation of international standards.
DOL released ILAB’s proposed revision to the current List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor pursuant to Executive Order 13126 of 1999. The proposed revision removes one product from the list and adds another, for a total of 29 products from 21 countries.
Accelerating action against child labour – ILO Global report on child labour 2010
Tulane University’s 2010 Report on Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in West Africa.
Child Labor Education & Advocacy Sites:
The International Labour Organization’s International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour pursues policies and programs to reduce child labor around the world.
Media Voices for Children. Check out this Internet news agency for children’s rights for amazing videos, photos, personal stories, news, and opinion.
Human Rights Watch is working to ameliorate abusive child labor in many countries around the world.
The International Labor Rights Forum works to provide just and humane treatment for workers and works to protect children from exploitative labor around the world.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s humanitarian relief work for children in 150 countries through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.
Goodweave works to eliminate illegal child labor in the carpet industry and increase educational opportunities in South Asia. Check out this unique product labeling system.
The American Federation of Teachers actively promotes educational opportunities around the world and works to reduce child labor.
The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs works to protect child farmworkers from exemptions in U.S. child labor law.
The International Initiative to End Child Labor strives to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in the U.S. and around the world.
The Solidarity Center, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, works to build a global labor movement by strengthening the economic and political power of workers around the world through effective, independent, and democratic unions.
Child Labor Public Education Project is associated with the University of Iowa labor center. The site provides an overview of the child labor and its history.
View child labor photos taken by Lewis Hines and read about the history of child labor advocacy in the U.S.
Child Labor First Person Accounts:
A Nigerian boy tells his story of domestic servitude.
ECPAT International-End Child Prostitution & Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes fights to help children to live free of child prostitution, child pornography, and child trafficking for sexual purposes.
Child Soldiers. Visit this link from World Vision for a description of the The Child Soldier Prevention Act which President Obama signed into law in January 2009.
Teen Worker Safety
Read what a teen worker can and cannot do at the government’s YouthRules web site. The site provides information for young workers in each of the fifty states.
New rules regarding child work by the U.S. Department of Labor (May, 2010)
Members of the public and safety advocates interested in agricultural safety for young workers should check out the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network.
Youngworkers.org is a web site administered by the California Resource network for Young Worker’s Health and Safety. It contains tip sheets for young workers, their parents and employers on specific areas that include: auto repair, construction, field work, hotel cleaning, restaurants, retail and sexual harassment. Although designed for California residents, the tip sheets contain much advice for residents of other states that is useful.
Follow the U.S. campaign for ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Global Campaign for Education works to end the global crisis in education and provide children who work educational alternatives.