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'Head in the Sand' Approach on Cocoa Supply Chain May Not Wash if Nestlé, ADM & Cargill Suit Proceeds, says Lawyer

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 13:32 -- admin

Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director of International Rights Advocates and lawyer representing six alleged child slaves working in cocoa in a class action against Nestlé, ADM and Cargill says the ramifications of the case on the chocolate industry could be huge.

International Rights Advocates and lead co-counsel file their Opposition to Defendants' Motions to Dismiss in the Nestle case

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 12:18 -- admin

On November 7, 2016, International Rights Advocates together with lead co-counsel filed their Memorandum in Opposition to Defendants' Motions to Dismiss in the Nestle case arguing plaintiffs have sufficiently alleged that all three of the corporate Defendants in the Nestle case aided and abetted slavery and forced labor in Côte d’Ivoire.

The Human Cost of Chocolate - The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 11:58 -- admin

"It may be unthinkable that the chocolate we enjoy could come from the hands of children working as slaves. In the Ivory Coast alone, there are an estimated 200,000 children working the fields, many against their will, to create the chocolate delicacies enjoyed around the world." - CNN, January 16, 2012

Inside Big Chocolate's Child Labor Problem

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 14:30 -- admin

"For a decade and a half, the big chocolate makers have promised to end child labor in their industry — and have spent tens of millions of dollars in the effort. But as of the latest estimate, 2.1 million West African children still do the dangerous and physically taxing work of harvesting cocoa. What will it take to fix the problem?" - Brian O'Keefe, Fortune, March 1, 2016

IRAdvocates file second amended complaint in Nestle in an attempt to bring justice to former child slaves in West Africa

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 18:44 -- admin

Press Release in John Doe I, et al. v. Nestle USA, Inc., et al.

Contact: Paul Hoffman,  Schonbrun Seplow Harris & Hoffman LLP
Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director, International Rights Advocates; 202-543-5811/202-255-2198
Catherine Sweetser, Schonbrun Seplow Harris & Hoffman LLP 310-396-0731

Documentary Films Reveal Child Labor Practices in Cocoa Industry

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:01 -- admin

Following the Ninth Circuit's decision in Doe v. Nestle, International Rights Advocates is now making plans to get back to Cote D’Ivoire to continue our investigation and meet with additional children who have been forced to harvest cocoa for the many multinational companies who continue to profit from child slavery.

Supreme Court Denies Cert in Nestle, Allowing Child Labor Claims to Proceed

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 15:55 -- admin

International Rights Advocates won a victory this week when the U.S. Supreme Court allowed claims against Nestle, Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill to go forward. The plaintiffs are former victims of child slavery, who worked on cocoa farms in Mali. IRAdvocates Executive Director Terrence Collingsworth welcomes the development. "On behalf of current and former child slaves in the cocoa sector in West Africa, the plaintiffs hope their case will help to end this inhumane practice,” he said.

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