Source description last updated: 12 October 2018

In brief: The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) is the government agency of the United States of America responsible for labour affairs.

Coverage on
Reports on child labour including the annually published “Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor” report
Covered monthly on, for countries of priorities A-D.

“The Department's Bureau of International Labor Affair's (ILAB) Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking efforts and activities include research and reporting on international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking; administering grants to organizations engaged in efforts to eliminate child labor; and working to raise public awareness and understanding of these issues.” (USDOL website: Youth and Labor, undated)

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Scope of reporting:
Geographic scope: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa (USDOL: 2016 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, 30 September 2017, p. 5)

Thematic scope: child labour issues (child slavery, child prostitution, work that is harmful for children) and relevant government efforts in developing countries (ibid.)

The “Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor” report is based on information gathered “through desk research, U.S. embassy reporting, and limited field work” as well as limited amounts of information provided by foreign governments. As the USDOL notes with reference to its 2016 report it released in September 2017, “[d]esk research consisted of an extensive review of mostly online materials, which included both primary and secondary sources. The sources included academic and independent researchers, media outlets, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations, foreign governments, and U.S. government agencies. Information was also collected from U.S. government-funded technical assistance and field research projects.” (USDOL website: Frequently Asked Questions, September 2017, p. 2)

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