“Without policy change and grassroots change, nothing happens.”
Holly Gordon, Executive Director, 10X10: Educate Girls, Change the World
World Day Against Child Labor 2013
Today we welcome a guest post by Jessica Bousquette, Advocacy Associate in Child Protection for World Vision US
Together we’ve seen change in the last year. On World Day Against Child Labor 2012, advocates around the country were persistently calling their Congressional offices, sending emails to Congressional staff, and praying that the U.S. Congress would put politics aside and pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), which had expired and jeopardized that U.S. fight against modern-day slavery. This year on World Day Against Child Labor, we were thankful that, because of the hard work of advocates like you, the TVPRA was renewed this past February. But we also recognized that we have a long way to go in the fight against modern-day slavery and ending the worst forms of child labor. Change doesn’t happen overnight or with one single law. We know that laws need to be implemented and communities and individuals need to continually work towards the change they want to see. We know it take advocates from around the world, like Suma, a young woman from Nepal, and Tracy, a mother from Chicago, to realize our vision of a world free from exploitation where every child has the opportunity to thrive. Join women like Suma and Tracy today:
1. Call your Member of Congress: Urge them to support strong funding for anti-trafficking programs.
2. Fight slavery with your wallet. Visit free2work.org to find out what companies are doing to end exploitation in their supply chain. You can also check out U.S. Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor and Forced Labor.
3. Pray for advocates around the world who are using their voice to advocate for the protection of children in their communities and countries. Pray for children around the world who work in dangerous, dirty, and degrading jobs, for those that are trying to help them, and for transformation of those that exploit them in these roles.