The U.S. Department of Labor, the International Labour Organization’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO/IPEC) and the Government of Brazil cooperate on the four year program (2008-2012) to help eliminate child labor in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. The program aims to assist 14,000 children targeted for withdrawal and prevention from exploitative and/or hazardous work in child domestic labor, informal urban labor and agriculture through the provision of educational services.
Levantamos, The Center for Afro-Brazilian-American Cooperation, is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Afro-Brazilians by providing technical and economic assistance to community-based organizations that focus on eliminating inequality. Under the Joint Action Plan we funded a two-year, multi-phase program to provide Afro-Brazilian youth with the necessary entrepreneurial skills to successfully create their own businesses and therefore help support their communities. In 2009, Brazilian youth participated in workshops in Rio and Salvador and then spend two weeks in the U.S. participating in meetings and field visits. In addition, twelve Afro-Brazilian college students were selected for four week internship programs in the U.S. focusing on small business development.
On October 3-4, 2011, U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, in cooperation with the state governments of Bahia and Rio de Janeiro as well as the National Secretariat of Policies to Promote Racial Equality (SEPPIR) and the Rio de Janeiro Federation of Industries (FIRJAN), held seminars entitled "Promoting Entrepreneurship and Racial Equality Within the Context of the Mega Sports Events" in the cities of Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. The events were developed as an initiative under the Brazil-United States Joint Action Plan to Promote Racial and Ethnic Equality. Read more»