Foley Hoag Client Receives Iqbal Masih Award from U.S. Department of Labor

March 20, 2012

Foley Hoag LLP congratulates pro bono client Media Voices for Children and its founder, Len Morris, who received the Iqbal Masih Award from the U.S. Department of Labor for working to end exploitative child labor.

Len is the fourth recipient of the award, which was created by an act of Congress and honors those who have made a difference in the lives of children laboring in exploitative work. Media Voices for Children, which Len founded in 2008, is an Internet news agency for children’s rights that seeks to raise public awareness about the impact of poverty and globalization on the world’s children.

The award honors the legacy of Iqbal Masih, who was 4 years old when he was sold into slavery as a carpet weaver in Pakistan’s rug industry. He escaped eight years later and began speaking to children about their rights, helping to free many from slavery. He was killed by an unknown gunman while riding his bike home in Pakistan at the age of 13.

“We congratulate Len and Media Voices for Children on receiving this well-deserved honor in recognition of their work to end exploitation of children,” said Foley Hoag associate Michelle Limaj. “We wish Len and his team continued success in their future endeavors.”

Media Voices for Children produces and distributes video, interactive media and documentary films. The organization is working on two feature documentaries and is supporting 40 children in private secondary school in Kenya.

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