Department of Homeland Security: Forced Labor and Forced Child Labor (Fiscal Year 2017 Report to Congress)   [open pdf - 388KB]

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is a critical U.S. law enforcement asset, responsible for disrupting and dismantling transnational criminal organizations engaged in crossborder criminal activities that seek to exploit America's legitimate trade, travel, financial, and immigration systems for illicit purposes. As the largest and principal criminal investigative component in DHS and the second largest in the U.S. Government, HSI has the authority to investigate and enforce violations of hundreds of criminal laws and regulations that threaten our borders, national security, and public safety. The ICE HSI Forced Labor Program coordinates investigations into the manufacturing or production of goods overseas with the use of forced labor, to include forced child labor, as well as allegations in the United States of forced labor, including forced child labor. These crimes include overseas manufacturing or production of goods that are imported into the United States, labor in the United States that results from coercion, debt bondage/indentured labor, and other nonvoluntary means of forcing an individual to provide work or a service. Products manufactured or produced with forced or indentured labor may not differ in appearance from products made by legitimate labor. Forced labor investigations often require coordination with other U.S. Government agencies and departments; with state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies; or with nongovernmental organizations and victim assistance personnel. ICE cooperates with the U.S. Departments of Labor, Justice, and State, as well as with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to share information and participate in efforts to combat forced labor."

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