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Approaches to Reducing the Use of Forced or Child Labor: Summary of a Workshop on Assessing Practice
FIGURE 2-1 Organization of the Bureau of International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor.
Source: Rachel Rigby, U.S. Department of Labor, Workshop Presentation, May 11, 2009.
Ms. Rachel Rigby and Dr. Charita Castro of the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT), Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), U.S. Department of Labor presented the perspectives of the sponsors at the workshop.
Ms. Rigby presented the organization and mission of ILAB as well as the policy or legislative context for this endeavor. As shown in Figure 2-1, ILAB is composed of an Office of the Deputy Under Secretary comprising senior officials and three operating offices: the Office of Trade and Labor Affairs; the Office of International Relations; and the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking.
The mission of OCFT is to support the labor and foreign policy objectives of the President and the Secretary of Labor, meet congressional mandates, and perform public outreach by promoting the elimination of the worst forms of child labor and increasing knowledge and information on child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.1 The Office’s portfolio consists of three areas: (1) technical assistance, the grant funding that the Office provides to support international projects designed to eliminate child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking; (2) research and policy; and (3) awareness-raising, helping to educate people in the United States