I would like to congratulate Peter Shea of Embassy Cairo, the winner of the 2012 Award for Excellence in Labor Diplomacy. Following the January 2011 revolution, Mr. Shea worked diligently to inform U.S. policy on labor issues and fought to advance labor rights in Egypt. I also congratulate Nicole Johnson of Embassy Hanoi, the award runner-up. Ms. Johnson effectively advanced labor rights in Vietnam by encouraging a change in government policy on forced labor in detention centers and by increasing Vietnam’s understanding of labor issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.
The Joint Award for Excellence in Labor Diplomacy is an annual award bestowed by the Departments of State and Labor. Established in 1989, this award recognizes the decisive work that our labor officers carry out to advance U.S. international policy goals and objectives in the labor and economic realm. These officers provide invaluable contributions through reporting, analysis, advocacy, and policy recommendations. As Secretary Clinton stated in July in Cambodia, “defending … labor rights and improving working conditions is a smart economic investment, but it’s also a very important value.”
For their exceptional work and dedication, Mr. Shea and Ms. Johnson will receive monetary awards and certificates signed by the Secretaries of State and Labor.
Secretary Clinton’s remarks in Cambodia on Labor Issues at the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy Dialogue, on July 13, 2012
Special Representative for International Labor Affairs Barbara Shailor’s DipNote Blog: “Defending Labor Rights: A Smart Investment”