Groups Say Ellis Unfit to Serve, Citing “Xenophobia,” “Lack of Regard for Human and Civil Rights.”
WASHINGTON, DC – May 18 2017– Green America and The Child Labor Coalition issued the following statement of concern regarding the consideration of Curtis Ellis for the position of Deputy Undersecretary in charge of the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB):
“We express deep concern that Curtis Ellis is a contender to serve as Deputy Undersecretary of the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB). ILAB plays a vital role in advancing the United States’ positions addressing the important issues of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking worldwide. The Deputy Undersecretary position for which Mr. Ellis is being considered serves as the Department of Labor’s top diplomat; the position requires great tact and the ability to work with diverse countries and groups. However, Mr. Ellis’s stated views on issues of race, refugees, and immigration demonstrate a level of xenophobia and lack of regard for human and civil rights that make him unsuited to serve as the leader of ILAB and the voice of the United States on important labor and human rights issues
“The denigration of groups based on race, ethnicity, or national origin is racist and directly contrary to the vital role of addressing the rights of workers overseas. For this important position, the United States needs a person who demonstrates professionalism and the desire to uphold the rights of all people worldwide. It is essential that those who espouse white supremacy not be elevated to positions of authority in the federal government, much less a position as vital as the Undersecretary of ILAB. A white supremacist should not be setting policy on child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking – issues which are often dependent on exploitation of people based on race, ethnicity, and national origin.”
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