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Exploring the Development of a U.S. Department of Labor Research Strategy on Child Labor and Forced Labor in International Settings: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief


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More than 168 million children are affected by child labor worldwide, with a predominance of child labor occurring in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia International Labor Organization estimated in 2012 that 6 million children and more than 15 million adults were victims of forced labor. While strides have been made in understanding the problems of child labor and forced labor, as well as in approaches to reduce the global burden of both issues, additional research could help fill the remaining gaps in knowledge. To these ends, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop, at the request of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Bureau of International Affairs (ILAB) Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT) to illuminate the current gaps in knowledge within the research fields of child labor and forced labor. The workshop also explored key needs and priority research questions to ensure a robust and rigorous global research platform. In addition to these main workshop objectives, Charita Castro, chief of the research and policy division within OCFT, asked the participants to consider the ways in which current experts, researchers, and practitioners might cultivate and support the next generation of researchers within the fields of child labor and forced labor. The workshop rapporteurs have prepared this summary as a factual summation of the workshop discussions.