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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.

October Newsletter Reporting on Our Cocoa Cases

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 16:56 -- admin

Dear supporters of IRAdvocates,

Those of you who know me are aware that I have been working to stop child slavery since the late 1980s when I was first traveled to the carpet belt of India with Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Together we started Rugmark, now Goodweave, a very successful independent monitoring and certification program that has resulted in thousands of formerly enslaved children being freed from carpet looms and it has provided them with rehabilitation and education programs.

IRAdvocates Files Opposition Brief to Cocoa Companies Motion to Dismiss

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 18:53 -- admin

Earlier this year, IRAdvocates filed a new lawsuit  against Nestlé, Cargill, Mars, Hershey, Olam, Barry Callebaut, and Mondelez on behalf of eight formerly enslaved children who were trafficked from Mali and brought to Côte D’Ivoire where they were forced to perform hazardous work harvesting cocoa for one or more of these giant multinationals. The case was filed using a relatively new law, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (“TVPRA”).

IRAdvocates’ statement on June 12, World Day Against Child Labor, condemning Nestle and Cargill for their ongoing use of enslaved children to harvest cocoa.

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 13:04 -- admin

On World Day Against Child Labor, Nestlé and Cargill Using Enslaved Children to Harvest Cocoa
They have repeatedly admitted that child labor is persistent in their supply chains


Terry Collingsworth
International Rights Advocates

Press Release: Supreme Court Decision on Slavery Could End It for Good

Tue, 06/01/2021 - 18:23 -- admin

Supreme Court Decision on Slavery Could End It for Good
This landmark decision could ensure that corporations are not immune from the universal prohibition of slavery and can be liable for human rights crimes

Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director
International Rights Advocates
+1-202-543-5811 / / @tpcollingsworth  

Chocolate Redemption

Thu, 04/01/2021 - 16:25 -- admin

Easter is the biggest day for chocolate sales in the United States. Unfortunately, most of the Easter candy American children will enjoy is harvested by children in Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana. These countries collectively supply over 70% of the world’s cocoa sold to consumers by the major chocolate brands, and most of it is harvested with child labor. I know this because I have been researching child slavery in West African cocoa production for over twenty years.


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