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Every 10 days in America, a young person is killed at work. Every day, more than 100 young workers under the age of 19 are seriously injured or become ill from their jobs. In September 2008, NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on the Department of Labor’s poor enforcement of the federal child labor laws, making recommendations about reforms to strengthen protections for working children.
In September 2009, United States Department of Labor issued a long-awaited report identifying more than 100 goods produced by child or forced labor in more than 50 countries around the world. Advocates applauded the release, seeing it as a tool for consumers who want to purchase products that are free from forced and child labor.
The Child Labor Coalition, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary advocating on behalf of young workers in the United States and abroad, is going strong. But it's been an uphill battle. Read about the history of the coalition, from its founding in 1989, to its current focus areas, including child labor in agriculture and education for all.