The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, Mission Statement:

“We believe that worker rights are human rights.  The mission of the Institute is to promote and defend human, women’s and workers’ rights in the global economy.  With a widespread and highly experienced team of international advocates, the Institute responds to appeals for support from exploited workers all over the developing world who produce goods for export to the U.S.  The Institute undertakes in-depth research, public education and popular campaigns that empower the American people to provide support and solidarity to workers struggling to defend their most basic rights.  As workers across the developing world fight for their right to work in dignity, in healthy and safe workplaces, to earn a living wage and to organize independent unions, the Institute will provide solidarity and international visibility to support their efforts, and we will continue to demand that corporations be held legally accountable to respect core internationally recognized worker rights standards.”

See, the Institute, Mission Statement.

About the Institute:

“The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (the Institute) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) human rights organization dedicated to the promotion and defense of internationally recognized worker rights in the global economy.  Founded in 1981 as the National Labor Committee, the Institute’s research, in-depth reports, high profile public campaigns and widespread media coverage have been instrumental in creating the anti-sweatshop movement in the United States and internationally.  The Institute is headquartered in Pittsburgh with regional offices in Dhaka and San Salvador and research/advocacy partnerships in China, Jordan, Central America and South Asia.”

See, the Institute, About.

Key Staff:

“Charles Kernaghan is director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (the Institute).  Kernaghan first became involved in the protection of worker rights while on an international religious peace march through Central America in the mid-80s, when scores of union leaders were being assassinated.

“Kernaghan joined the Institute (then National Labor Committee) in 1988 and became its director in 1991.  He is perhaps best known as “the man who made Kathie Lee cry” after exposing that 13-year-old children were working in a brutal Honduran sweatshop earning just pennies an hour sewing Kathie Lee Gifford’s clothing line for Wal-Mart.  Kernaghan’s work is widely recognized as having launched the anti-sweatshop movement in the U.S.

“Kernaghan has testified frequently in the U.S. Congress, documenting gross worker rights violations in China, Bangladesh, Central America and Jordan, where the Institute exposed the descent of the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement into the human trafficking of tens of thousands of young foreign guest workers, who were stripped of their passports and forced to work 15 hours a day, cheated on their wages, often beaten and half-starved.

“Kernaghan has spoken at over 200 universities and has been featured in better than a dozen documentary films.”

See, the Institute, Key Staff.