Congressional-Executive Commission on China Extensively Cites Halegua's "Who Will Represent China's Workers?"

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USALI Affliated Scholar Aaron Halegua's report on the enforcement of labor rights and access to justice for workers in China is extensively cited in the 2017 Annual Report of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The Commission was created by Congress in October 2000 to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China, and to submit an annual report to the President and the Congress. The study authored by Halegua and published by USALI in October 2016, Who Will Represent China’s Workers? Lawyers, Legal Aid, and the Enforcement of Labor Rights, is based on over 100 interviews and describes the legal issues faced by workers as well as analyzes their access to various legal services, including lawyers, legal aid, and NGOs. Jerome Cohen, co-director of USALI, called it a “groundbreaking work” that “provides the most detailed and illuminating account of the landscape of labor rights enforcement in China.” Halegua’s study was referenced in four sections of the Commission’s report: worker rights; human trafficking; civil society; and access to justice.