The Department of Labor will grant nearly $60 million to nongovernmental organizations and other entities to enforce labor laws in 25 trade partner countries to ensure compliance with U.S. trade agreements and preference programs.
The grants, made available through the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, will support projects that target some of the most abusive global labor practices, such as child labor, forced labor and human trafficking. The grants will use targeted technical assistance to help committed trade partners strengthen laws and comply with trade agreements.
One project will prevent exploitative labor in the Latin American coffee industry, especially abuses of women and children. Another project seeks to improve enforcement of minimum wage laws, work hours, occupational safety, and health laws in the agricultural export sector.
For more information, visit http://www.dol.gov/agencies/ilab.