By Sasha Frankel, ILRF intern
When I came into the office this morning, I had two projects awaiting me. In order to build ILRF’s contact database to be able to fundraise, I had to enter contact information from a number of business cards that ILRF staff had amassed over the past couple months. This was a job that rolled over from my last day’s work: the number of business cards showed the amount of interest in ILRF’s activities and also the diversity of sectors with whom ILRF works: labor unions, NGOs, fair trade companies, and individuals were all entered into our system. Yes, you will soon be receiving mail from us pleading that you help us continue doing the work we’re doing.
After I finished with the pile of business cards, I started to work on a more long-term project that I’ll be concentrating on through the duration of my time with ILRF, that is, until finals begin. In the next month I’m going to be working on the FoulBall campaign which is identifying those companies who sell soccer balls that are supplied through sub-contractors who use child labor to produce them. For someone like me who has played soccer her entire life, this campaign connects one of my passions to my work with ILRF and child labor. I’m looking forward to possibly working with NCAA and MLS to make sure those companies from whom they buy their soccer balls are supplied by subcontractors who employ workers in conditions that meet international standards.