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On World Day Against Child Labor, Nestlé and Cargill Using Enslaved Children to Harvest Cocoa
They have repeatedly admitted that child labor is persistent in their supply chains

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CONTACT:
Terry Collingsworth
International Rights Advocates
202-543-5811                      
tc@iradvocates.org
@tpcollingsworth       

Press Release   06/11/2021

Supreme Court Decision on Slavery Could End It for Good
This landmark decision could ensure that corporations are not immune from the universal prohibition of slavery and can be liable for human rights crimes
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CONTACT
Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director
International Rights Advocates
+1-202-543-5811 / tc@iradvocates.org / @tpcollingsworth  

Press Release   06/01/2021

Press Release: IRAdvocates Stands in Support of Steven Donziger

Press Release   05/17/2021

Easter is the biggest day for chocolate sales in the United States. Unfortunately, most of the Easter candy American children will enjoy is harvested by children in Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana. These countries collectively supply over 70% of the world’s cocoa sold to consumers by the major chocolate brands, and most of it is harvested with child labor. I know this because I have been researching child slavery in West African cocoa production for over twenty years.

Press Release   04/01/2021

Contact: Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director
tc@iradvocates.org 1-202-543-5811 @tpcollingsworth

The Complaint filed today and the full press release are attached below.

Press Release   02/12/2021

Below is the english translation of a recent El Tiempo Article describing the prosecution of the heads of Drummond Colombia, Augusto Jimenez Mejia and Jose Miguel Linares. Please also find attached below the decision of the prosecutor.

 

Drummond Colombia president accused of alleged link with paramilitaries--
The prosecuting body declared the illegal actions of the Northern Block of the AUC
a crime against humanity.

Press Release   12/30/2020

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Press Release   12/22/2020

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Press Release   12/08/2020

The pictures below include child laborers on a cocoa plantation, including young girls. Also shown are the bags used to collect and ship cocoa beans, clearly indicating in this case that they are destined for Cargill, as well as a weighing station where bags of cocoa are sorted for Cargill.

 

Case Update   11/24/2020

Below are some of the photos taken during our fact-finding mission to Cote D'Ivoir. Pictured are trafficked children from Mali between the ages of 8 and 14, working on a cocoa plantation. This plantation in particular supplies Cocoa to Nestle. These young boys used sharp machetes to clear brush and harvest cocoa pods.

 

Case Update   11/24/2020