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Bureau of International Labor Affairs

200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210


Associate Deputy Undersecretary Mark A. Mittelhauser
Chief of Staff Grant Lebens

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) promotes a fair global playing field for workers and businesses in the United States by enforcing trade commitments; strengthening labor standards; and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. ILAB combines trade and labor monitoring and enforcement, policy engagement, technical assistance, and research to carry out the international responsibilities of the Department.

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Contracts / Grants

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs partners with international organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, research institutions, and others to advance workers' rights and livelihoods through technical assistance projects, research, and project evaluations. These activities are funded through grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.

Laws / Regulations

ILAB's work supports the President's and the Secretary of Labor's objectives related to labor and foreign policy and meets all applicable congressional mandates. The Bureau's Web site features a page of laws and regulations that are relevant to its work.


The Bureau posts news releases on its Web site.


Legislation and delegations from the President mandate that ILAB prepare a number of reports to inform policy deliberations and the public about certain trade and labor issues. ILAB publishes three reports on international child labor and forced labor that serve as valuable resources for research, advocacy, government action and corporate responsibility. These reports are The Department of Labor's Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor; the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor; and the List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor. For each new trade agreement that the President submits to Congress, ILAB prepares reports on the potential employment impacts in the United States and on the labor rights situation in the proposed partner country or countries.


ILAB conducts and funds rigorous research and evaluation projects and uses the results to inform the design and implementation of policy and programs. Our research programs cover the effects of trade on American workers, cross-country comparisons of labor markets, worker livelihoods, and worker rights and related enforcement issues, including with regard to child labor and forced labor around the world.

Web-based Resources

The Bureau's Web sites features a toolkit to help responsible entrepreneurs reduce the chance that their products—and the raw materials from which they are made—are harvested, manufactured, or mined by children who should be in school or by workers who are locked in sweatshops or forced to work through threats or false promises. ILAB has also made available to the public a research app, Sweat & Toil: Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Around the World. This app represents a comprehensive resource, developed by ILAB, documenting child labor and forced labor worldwide, with data and research from ILAB's three flagship reports on child labor and forced labor.

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