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Bureau of International Labor Affairs

200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210


Associate Deputy UndersecretaryMark A. Mittelhauser
Chief of StaffGrant Lebens

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs promotes a fair competitive environment for workers in the United States and other countries worldwide.

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) promotes a fair global playing field for workers and businesses in the United States by enforcing trade commitments; strengthening labor standards; and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. ILAB combines trade and labor monitoring and enforcement, policy engagement, technical assistance, and research to carry out the Department of Labor's international responsibilities.

Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that ILAB records have been assigned to record group 174.5.

Career Opportunities

ILAB relies on professionals with backgrounds in development economics and comparative labor law, as well as with firsthand experience designing and implementing international technical assistance programs.

In 2019, ILAB ranked 356th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.


The Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement maintains a web-based hotline that allows for the receipt of confidential information from affected and concerned parties, regarding labor issues involving countries of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


ILAB-related news is posted on the Department of Labor's website.


ILAB grants help prevent and stop abusive labor practices like the use of child labor and forced labor and human trafficking. ILAB-funded projects also promote compliance by trade partners' with the labor requirements of U.S. trade agreements and preference programs.

Reports / Publications

ILAB conducts and funds research, whose results it relies on to inform the design and implementation of policy and programs.

Workers' Rights

The International Labor Organization (ILO) has identified "fundamental principles and rights at work." All ILO members are obligated to respect these principles and rights and promote them.

The Sources of Information were updated 9–2020.