Five Things You Didn't Know About Human Trafficking

19 August, 2014 | Jamie Hagen | RollingStone

With 21 million people around the world in forced labor, what can we do?

Human trafficking is a travesty that many consider a problem of the past, or at least one limited to outside the United States. Unfortunately, in today's globalized society, the problems of human trafficking are embedded in aspects of Americans' daily lives in ways that many may not be aware of – taking on new forms and presenting new challenges for human-rights defenders worldwide.

Pope's tweet opens window to an invisible workforce

30 July, 2014 | Juana Flores | NCR online

On Tuesday, Pope Francis tweeted: "May we be always more grateful for the help of domestic workers and caregiver; theirs is a precious service." With one simple message in honor of St. Martha, the patron saint of cooks and housekeepers, the pope encouraged the world to care for the workers who care for us every day.

Pope Francis tweeted about domestic workers

29 July, 2014 | IDWF | Pope Francis

“May we be always more grateful for the help of domestic workers and caregivers; theirs is a precious service.”  The Pope Francis said yesterday as he paid tribute on the Day of Saint Martha, patron saint of housecleaners and cooks to the Saint.

At the International Domestic Workers Federation, we know that domestic workers and caregivers work hard every day to make all other work possible.  So let’s remind the world that it’s time for dignity, respect and labor protections for the millions of domestic workers in the United States and all over the world.

On Anniversary of Historic ILO Convention, Domestic Workers Speak Out Worldwide

16 June, 2014 | Charlie Fanning | AFL-CIO

By caring for our homes and loved ones, domestic workers do the work that makes all other work possible. Unfortunately, the important labor of some 100 million domestic workers worldwide frequently goes unrecognized. In fact, domestic workers are vulnerable to labor exploitation, sexual assault and even forced labor and trafficking because they are mainly women, their workplace is behind closed doors and, in many places, they still are not covered under labor laws. In the United States, domestic workers are excluded from the most basic fairness and safety regulations on the job, including minimum wage and hour laws.

Domestic workers: Silent no more - It is time to acknowledge the importance of domestic workers as valuable members of society

16 June, 2014 | Yoshiteru Uramoto, Regional Director of the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific | Al Jazeera

The world needs these women. Domestic workers contribute significantly to their home communities, sending remittances that are regularly spent on the education and health needs of their families and increasing the gross domestic product and development potential of their countries. Domestic workers enable their employers to go to work by reducing the time needed for cleaning, cooking, shopping and family tasks.

We need to realise the benefits that domestic work and migration for domestic work can offer, and this can only be achieved if these women are in safe and profitable work. The International Labour Organisation recently estimated that over $8bn is saved each year from not paying or underpaying domestic workers in forced labour. These profits should rightfully go to the workers and their families, but instead line the pockets of fraudulent recruitment companies and exploitative employers.

ILO adopts new Protocol to tackle modern forms of forced labour

11 June, 2014 | ILO | ILO

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a new legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labour.

The Protocol, supported by a Recommendation, was adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC) with 437 votes for 27 abstentions and 8 against.

Forced labour laws need more than lip service to be effective

29 May, 2014 | Aidan McQuade | The Guardian New

In 1930, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) established a Forced Labour Convention, an attempt to address such practices in what was then still a colonial world. Over the decades the manifestations of forced labour have changed, whereas international law has remains rooted in the past.

Beginning this week, and running until 12 June, the International Labour Conference (ILC) is meeting to try to address the gaps in the convention that have emerged over the past 80 years.

The conference represents an opportunity to advance the eradication of forced labour, updating legislation in the areas of prevention, victim protection and compensation, and including new forms of forced labour such as trafficking.

Dutch Rapporteur urges International Labour Conference to revise Forced Labour Convention


Supplementing the ILO Convention concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour (C029) is an important step towards the eradication of forced labour, says the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children. She urges the International Labour Conference to opt for a legally binding protocol. According to the Rapporteur, the proposed set of new rules confirms the link between forced labour and trafficking in human beings. Additionally, revision of the Convention eliminates existing gaps on three important issues: the prevention of forced labour and the protection and compensation of its victims.

Elizabeth Tang: Domestic workers are determined to have strong organizations

22 May, 2014 | RadioLabour | RadioLabour

Elizabeth Tang, IDWF General Secretary talks about the IDWF & domestic workers at the ITUC Congress.  Listen to what she said on a report of RadioLabour, 2014 May 22.

Day Four/Domestic Workers: 2014 ITUC World Congress

22 May, 2014 | Equal Times Newsdesk | Equal Times Newsdesk

On day four of the ITUC World Congress, we speak to Amanda Villatoro of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) and Stella Marys Zalazar of the "Sindicato de Empleadas de Casas de Familia" (Argentina) about the success of the 12x12 campaign to organise domestic workers.
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