The right to work is a fundamental human right that protects a range of labour rights of working men and women. However, despite the formal end of slavery, many men, women and children are forced to work in slavery-like conditions, and are exploited, trafficked and bound by debt. Millions of people, especially women and minorities, are also denied work on the basis of discrimination.
The Center for Economic and Social Rights was one of the first organizations to challenge economic injustice as violation of international human rights law. Through its projects in the U.S. and abroad, CESR aims to use human rights to hold decision-makers - be they governments or corporations - accountable for their policies and actions where these violate the human right to work.