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Survivors work to prevent human trafficking, aid victims

Increasingly, trafficking survivors' input is shaping public policies to combat human trafficking. Meet two survivors who are leading the way.
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How ‘blood gold’ damages the Amazon rainforest in Venezuela

Illegal gold mining operations in Venezuela are destroying the Amazon rainforest, including Indigenous sacred sites.
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U.S. company champions women workers in India

Read about GAP Inc., one of the recipients of the State Department's annual Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE).
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It’s Labor Day, and unions are having a moment

Labor unions are seeing landmark victories as U.S. workers in warehouses, restaurants and coffee shops vote to unionize. What's going on?
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Advancing workers’ rights through trade

Promoting labor rights around the world is a U.S. government priority. See how trade agreements elevate workers abroad.
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Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day

Thousands of Americans with Down syndrome work in a variety of professions and are gaining more visibility and representation.
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New U.S. law to combat forced labor in Xinjiang

The U.S. is strengthening efforts to deter the People's Republic of China's use of forced labor in Xinjiang. Learn about these new steps.
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What can you do about human rights abuses? [video]

Everyone can help fight forced labor and other human rights abuses. Watch this video to learn how you can make a difference.
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U.S. helps businesses avoid Xinjiang forced labor

The U.S. government is redoubling efforts to help businesses ensure they do not aid PRC forced labor in Xinjiang. Read this story to learn more.