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U.S. Government Takes A Hard Line to Stop Human Rights Abuses With Clear Signals to Industry

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In recent years, the U.S. Government (“USG”) has taken numerous actions to target forced labor and other human rights violations, with a significant increase in 2020 and early 2021. These include the issuance of trade-related restrictions, such as import and export laws, economic sanctions, and civil monetary penalties, that target companies involved in forced labor and human rights violations and abuses. Consequently, U.S. companies should carefully review global supply chains to ensure they are not involved in forced labor/human rights violations. This article will provide an overview of the main U.S. legal authorities for imposing such restrictions and a summary of the key measures the USG took in 2020 as well as ongoing actions in 2021 that focus on forced labor and human rights abuses. Read more…