Enforcing Forced Labor Requirements in Supply Chains


In the last few months there have been significant changes in the law and US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) enforcement of the US import ban on goods made with forced labor (19 USC. § 1307). DHS initiated new enforcement actions allowing DHS to issue "withhold release orders" (or WROs) for shipments of articles manufactured by a specific named foreign entity, which DHS has reason to believe may have been produced with forced labor.

In August 2017, the forced labor ban was further modified under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).  Under this law, merchandise made by North Korean laborers, regardless of location, is presumed to be made with forced labor, and subject to the import ban.

Hear from Kenneth JF Kennedy, Senior Policy Advisor for Forced Labor Programs at the US Department of Homeland Security, who will provide an overview of what this law actually means to importers, how it came into effect , what it covers, and due diligence steps to identify, prevent and mitigate adverse impacts to your company.

This webinar is a valuable opportunity to ask questions directly to the enforcement agency and understand the challenges companies are facing.

Guest Presenter: Kenneth JF Kennedy

Kenneth JF Kennedy manages the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Forced Labor Program--a position that he has held for more than four years.  During that time, he has developed and expanded the program into new enforcement areas, while conducting outreach and opening discussions to build a comprehensive and just enforcement model that recognizes the concerns of the business community, civil society groups, foreign governments, and other U.S. government agencies, while still balancing both human rights and trade concerns.

The agenda for this webinar will be the following:


  • Speaker 1 : Kenneth JF Kennedy, Senior Policy Advisor, US Department of Homeland Security
  • Speaker 2 : Jenna Pires, Senior Manager of Supplier Management, Intertek Business Assurance
  • Q&A