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John Doe I, et al. v. Nestle USA, Inc., et al.

Former child slaves of Malian origin who were trafficked and forced to work harvesting and/or cultivating cocoa beans on farms in Côte d’Ivoire, which supply cocoa beans to the Defendant companies, filed a complaint on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated former child slaves of Malian origin against Defendants: Nestlé, S.A., Nestlé, U.S.A., and Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire, S.A.; Cargill, Incorporated Cargill Cocoa, and Cargill West Africa, S.A. and Archer Daniels Midland Company for the forced labor and torture they suffered as a result of the wrongful conduct either caused and/or aided and  abetted by these corporate entities. Plaintiffs assert claims for child slavery/forced labor, cruel, inhumane or degrqading treatment, and torture under the ATS.

Department of Labor Study on Child Labor

Sun, 04/12/2020 - 13:53 -- admin

NORC University of Chicago completed a draft of its study funded by the U.S. Department of Labor on children performing hazardous labor harvesting cocoa for companies like Nestle, Cargill, Mars, Mondelez, and Hershey. IRAdvocates obtained a copy from a confidential source. The final report should be released in late June. The draft report demonstrates with devastating detail that, after years of false promises by these companies to stop themselves from profiting from child abuse, there has been a dramatic increase, 2.1 million children, harvesting cocoa for these companies and others.

COCOA COMPANIES SEEK LEGAL IMMUNITY FOR CHILD SLAVERY

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:43 -- admin

The major international cocoa company organizations, NATIONAL CONFECTIONERS ASSOCIATION, WORLD COCOA FOUNDATION, CAOBTSCO, and EUROPEAN COCOA ASSOCIATION, just filed an Amicus brief in the Court of appeals (see link below) asking the Court to rehear our recent victory against Nestle and Cargill. These companies all signed or endorsed the "Harkin-Engle Protocol" in 2001 promising to end child labor in their supply chains.

World Cocoa Foundation Admits, Again, that Member Companies Will Fail to Stop Using Child Slaves to Harvest Cocoa.

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 16:22 -- admin

In recently published remarks of a July 17, 2018 meeting of the World Cocoa Foundation, an association of multinational cocoa companies, including Nestle, Cargill, Barry Callebaut, Mars and Mondelez, Vice President Tim McCoy admitted that the goal of reducing child slavery in the West Africa Cocoa sector 70% by the year 2020 will not be met. This is a direct admission that these companies are knowingly profiting from child slavery.

Human Rights Day

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 13:43 -- admin

On this day in 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world," the declaration begins. International Rights Advocates is dedicated to defending Human Rights across the world and creating accountability when those rights are violated.

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