The United States of America has very clear prohibitions restricting the importation of goods produced using the forced labor of people. HSI is committed to investigating forced labor criminal activity both domestically and internationally, and seeks to:
- Combat the illegal importation of goods produced through forced labor or prison labor by using these authorities in new ways.
- Defend human rights and the competitiveness of American businesses by using HSI’s enforcement authorities to investigate corporations, corporate officials and individuals knowingly benefitting from forced labor in corporate supply chains.
- Draw on HSI’s extensive footprint abroad consisting of 80 foreign offices in more than 50 countries to facilitate investigations into business entities and individuals whose roles in supply chains may involve forced labor in the production of goods destined for the United States.
Forced labor investigations often require coordination with other government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and foreign governments. To help facilitate this collaboration and to help increase and expand investigations into this heinous crime, HSI recently combined its forced labor program with the newly created Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT). Further, HSI effectively utilizes its international footprint as well as its private sector and NGO partners to fully investigate manufactures, importers and criminal organizations that facilitate forced labor. In addition to investigating the individuals responsible for carrying out this criminal activity, HSI is focused on identifying, rescuing and helping the victims impacted by forced labor.