On September 30, 2016, the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor published in the Federal Register a notice requesting information and/or comment on three reports issued by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) regarding child labor and forced labor in certain foreign countries. Relevant information submitted by the public will be used by the Department of Labor (DOL) in preparation of its ongoing reporting under Congressional mandates and Presidential directive. The 2015 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor report (TDA report), published on September 30, 2016, assesses efforts by 137 countries to reduce the worst forms of child labor over the course of 2015 and reports whether countries made significant, moderate, minimal, or no advancement during that year. It also suggests actions foreign countries can take to eliminate the worst forms of child labor through legislation, enforcement, coordination, policies, and social programs. The 2016 edition of the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor (TVPRA List), published on September 30, 2016, makes available to the public a list of goods from countries that ILAB has reason to believe are produced by child labor or forced labor in violation of international standards. Finally, the List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor (EO List), most recently published on December 1, 2014, provides a list of products, identified by country of origin, that DOL, in consultation and cooperation with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, have a reasonable basis to believe might have been mined, produced or manufactured with forced or indentured child labor. Relevant information submitted by the public will be used by DOL in preparation of the next edition of the TDA report, to be published in 2017; the next edition of the TVPRA List, to be published in 2018; and for possible updates to the EO List as needed.
Submission should be made to the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT) at the email or physical address given in the Federal Register by 5 p.m. December 16, 2016.
On the same date DOL published in the Federal Register an announcement of public availability of an updated list of goods – along with countries of origin – that ILAB has reason to believe are produced by child labor or forced labor in violation of international standards. ILAB is required to develop and make available to the public the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2005, as amended.