RIAL Hemispheric Workshop "Moving towards Better Horizons for Children and Adolescents in the Americas"

Enforcement and awareness of labor legislation
Child labor
Event date: 
02/21/2013 to 02/22/2013
San José
Host Country: 
Costa Rica
  • Sharing best practices and successful experiences and identifying lessons learned regarding the prevention and eradication of child labor and its worst forms among the countries of the region.
  • Providing input at the regional/Americas level and contributing to the hemispheric participation in the Third Global Conference on Child Labor to be held in Brazil in October 2013.

The workshop was organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of Costa Rica and the Organization of American States (OAS) and follows up on the agreements of the Summit of the Americas and the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML), especially the Declaration of San Salvador from 2011.

Authorities and officers of 24 Ministries of Labor of the OAS Member States responsible for the area of child labor, workers’ and employers’ representatives grouped in COSATE and CEATAL as consultative bodies of the IACML/OAS, representatives from the International Labor Organization (ILO) and other international organizations and ciivil society relevant to eradication of child labor such as Fundación Telefónica, UNICEF and Care International.

III Global Child Labor Conference

BRAZIL - Leonardo Soares de Oliveira, Consultant from the Labor Inspection Secretariat of the Ministry of Labor and Employment

Introductory Session - Child Labor: Injustice and obstacle to the progress of society and to the integral development of children and adolescents

Inter-American Children's Institute (IIN) - Víctor Giorgi, Coordinator of Area of Promotion and Protection of Children’s Rights
ILO - Virgilio Levaggi, ILO Director for Central America

Panel 1 - Role of the State in the prevention and elimination of child labor, successful strategies

MEXICO - José Rubí Salazar, Undersecretary of Labor Inclusion, Secretariat of Labor and Social
JAMAICA - Marva Pringle-Ximinnies, Director of the Child Labour Unit, Ministry of Labour and Social Security
COLOMBIA - Eduardo Bejarano, Director of Fundamental Labor Rights, Ministry of Labor
COSTA RICA - Juan Manuel Cordero, Vice Minister of the Social Area, Ministry of Labor and Social Security

Panel 2 – Experiences of inter-institutional coordination and articulation for the prevention and elimination of child labor

ARGENTINA - Vanesa Fernanda Paz, Technical Team of the National Commission for the Eradication of Child Labor, Min. of Labor, Employment and Social Security
UNITED STATES - Marcia Eugenio, Director of the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, Bureau of International Affairs; and George Victory, District Director, Columbus, Ohio District Office, Department of Labor
ECUADOR - María del Carmen Velasco, Manager of the Eradication of Child Labor Project, Ministry of Labor Relations

Panel 3 – The role of employers, workers and civil society in the prevention and elimination of child labor

CEATAL - Shane Todd, Canadian Employers Council Lawyer, representing the Business Technical Advisory Committee on Labor Matters (CEATAL)
COSATE - Marta Pujadas, Vice President
Fundación Telefónica Colombia - Claudia Aparicio, Executive Director

PANEL 4 – Work in subgroups - Recommendations to accelerate progress towards the elimination of child labor and its worst forms

Organization of American States (OAS) – Evelyn Jacir de Lovo, Director of Social Development and Employment


Closing remarks by the Chair of the XVII IACML - Oscar Morales, Vice Minister of Labor and Social Welfare of El Salvador


Roadmap for Achieving the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour by 2016 (The Hague, 2010)
Statement of Commitments of Ministries of Labor of Central America, Belize, Panama and Dominican Republic (Panama City, August 8, 2012)
Second Presidential Declaration on Prevention and Eradication of Child Labor of MERCOSUR (Mendoza, Argentina, June 29, 2012)
ILO Convention No. 138 on Minimum Age
ILO Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor