AFT: In Our Own Backyard

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Lorretta Johnson

Dear Educator:

In keeping with our mission to promote human rights, the American Federation of Teachers has been active for many years in the struggle to end child labor around the world and to ensure that all children receive a high-quality education. Through our work with the Child Labor Coalition, we were appalled to learn that violations of international labor standards occur right in our own backyard.

The notion that oppressive child labor occurs legally within the United States shocks us as educators, and will likely shock students as well. This topic is important for us to address in the classroom and can be used to teach students about the human impact of public policy and how they can effect change. This site, an accompanying DVD and poster are designed to help you engage your students in learning more about this important issue so they, too, will join the fight to end child labor.


Lorretta Johnson
AFT Secretary-Treasurer


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