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Question: What is the U.S. Department of Laborís role in international child labor issues?

Answer: The Bureau of International Labor Affairs has been working to combat child labor, forced labor and human trafficking since 1993. We carry out research, policy engagement, and technical cooperation to advance the elimination of these abuses. ILAB produces reports on the incidence and nature of child and forced labor and efforts underway to address these problems. We assist in the development and implementation of U.S. government policy, and also engage strategically with governments, business, labor, and civil society groups to implement models that work to reduce exploitive labor practices. ILAB also funds projects using an integrated approach that helps children attend school and supports economic opportunities for adults so that families do not need to rely on their children's labor to meet basic needs. Learn more at