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June 26, 2020 Press Release

Child Cobalt Miners File Amended Complaint Against Apple, Alphabet, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla For Aiding and Abetting Extreme Abuse of Children Mining Blood Cobalt in DRC
Contact: Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director
tc@iradvocates.org 1-202-543-5811 @tpcollingsworth

Case Update   06/26/2020

June 19, 2020 Press Release
TODAY, NESTLE and CARGILL ARE STILL USING CHILD SLAVES TO HARVEST COCOA. HELP STOP THEM! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Contact: Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director
tc@iradvocates.org Twitter @tpcollingsworth

Case Update   06/18/2020

By Terry Collingsworth, Director, International Rights Advocates
tc@iradvocates.org www.IRAdvocates.org

Press Release   06/09/2020

June 5, 2020 Press Release
Apple, Alphabet, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla, Which Are Aiding and Abetting Extreme Abuse of Children Mining Cobalt in DRC, Must Provide Support to the Mining Families That Have Suffered Serious Injuries and Require Their Suppliers Glencore and Huayou Cobalt to Join Them in Providing Support
Contact: Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director
tc@iradvocates.org 1-202-543-5811

Press Release   06/05/2020

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.

News   04/12/2020

IRAdvocates and Corporate Accountability Lab jointly filed a petition today with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to ban the importation of cocoa and cocoa products made with child labor. Please see the attached petition below.

News   02/14/2020

By Emily Field

Law360 (April 22, 2019, 8:46 PM EDT) -- A proposed class action filed Friday in California federal
court claims that child slaves on West African farms harvest cocoa for Nestle, even though it labels its
products as "sustainably sourced."

News   04/23/2019

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.

News   12/10/2018