There are 214 million international migrants worldwide. The majority of this population move in order to find work and to provide for their families. Many of these people are successful; in 2009 alone, migrants sent an estimated $414 billion back to families in their home countries. However, labor protections for migrant workers are notoriously weak, and millions of migrant workers face abysmal working conditions and become victims of trafficking—a modern-day slave trade.
On October 3, 2011, the University of Notre Dame hosted the FLA’s Stakeholder Forum “Migration and Modern-Day Slavery in Supply Chains.” The discussion brought together leading labor experts, advocates and representatives from major apparel brands to learn more about how migration and trafficking affect the manufacturing of clothing and other products. The discussion focused on Bangladesh and India. Speakers included representatives from the University of Notre Dame, Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business, H&M, International Labor Organization, PVH Corp., and Manusher Jonno Foundation.