Senate Judiciary Hearing on Child Labor and Unaccompanied Minors

The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary hosted a hearing on June 14, 2023 titled “Ensuring the Safety and Well-Being of Unaccompanied Children.” The hearing examined the fates of migrant children who enter the United States. Prominent speakers included Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Majority Member Alex Padilla (D-CA), and

House Ed and Workforce Committee Questions Secretary Becerra

On June 13, 2023, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing titled “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the Department of Health and Human Services.” Committee members asked Secretary Becerra of the Department of Health and Human Services questions about children’s health-related to gender-affirming care and unaccompanied children at the border.

DOL Event on World Day Against Child Labor

In recognition of World Day Against Child Labor, on June 12, 2023, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) and the Wage and Hour Division hosted, “Within and Beyond Our Borders: Collective Action to Address Child Labor,” which discussed the power of different actors in the lives of children victimized. Panelists included

ILO Event on World Day Against Child Labor

The International Labour Organization (ILO) commemorated World Day Against Child Labour by hosting an event during its 111th Session of the International Labour Conference on June 12, 2023. Opening remarks by Manuela Tomei, Assistant Director General of ILO, emphasized the significance of promoting social justice and its integral relationship with achieving Sustainable Development Target 8.7

The Border Crisis: Is the Law Being Faithfully Executed?

On June 7th, 2023, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement held a hearing with the Department of Homeland Security to determine if recent immigration policies violate the law and encourage undocumented immigration. The hearing began with an opening statement from Subcommittee Chairman McClintock (R-CA), and Ranking Member Jayapal (D-WA).Testimonies were given

House Democrats Request Child Labor Hearing

On June 8, 2023, Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D- VA) and Workforce Protections Subcommittee Ranking Member Alma Adams (D-NC) sent a letter urging Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05) to hold a hearing on the rise of child labor violations and legislative proposals to address abusive child labor. “In short, the scourge of child labor that Congress

ACF Observes World Day Against Child Labor

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced that it is observing World Day Against Child Labor on June 12, 2023, by spotlighting and encouraging those, who can, to join the Within and Beyond Our Borders: Collective Action to Address Hazardous Child Labor organized by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on June 12, 2023,

Audit Recommends Improvements for Unaccompanied Children Program

On May 23, 2023, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released an audit of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), “The Office of Refugee Resettlement Needs To Improve Its Oversight Related to the Placement and Transfer of Unaccompanied Children.” ORR manages the Unaccompanied Children (UC) Program, which serves children with no lawful immigration status

States Consider Relaxing Child Labor Laws

On May 25, 2023, Fortune reported that even ass the federal government cracks down on child labor violations, some state lawmakers are advancing legislation to let children work longer hours and in more hazardous occupations. These mostly Republican legislators in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Ohio argue that these changes could ease national labor shortages, but children’s

Immigration Bill Moves Forward

The House passed HR 2, The Secure the Border Act, on Thursday, May 11, 2023, with no Democratic support and with two Republican votes against the bill. HR 2 would require millions of dollars of funds to beef up security at the border, place restrictions on asylum, and restart construction on the controversial wall at

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