FLAG aims to end forced labour by training front-line advocates and workers to document rights abuses and implement labour protections. Linking a network of advocates, we will compile evidence on forced labour across sectors. We will use this data to litigate cases with sector-wide impact and inform domestic and international policy.
The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people worldwide are engaged in forced labour. India is home to the largest number of people who are forced to work through threats, violence and other penalties. Women, children and the poor are most at risk, facing inhuman work conditions, withheld wages and other rights abuses that bind them in cycles of poverty.
Front-line advocates encountering forced labour are often not equipped to act. FLAG legal trainings and technology tools will equip people across literacy levels to document forced labour and challenge abuses in court and through industry and policy-level advocacy. Using law and technology, we will strengthen, link and magnify existing efforts to end forced labour. In India, we currently work with