Maloney, 20 Members of Congress File Bipartisan Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Child Slavery Case

Nov 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, joined with 20 of her colleagues in filing a bipartisan amicus brief in the consolidated case of Nestlé USA and Cargill v. Doe, which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow, December 1, 2020. The cases were brought under the Alien Tort Statute by former child slaves who allege they were trafficked to work on cacao farms in Côte d’Ivoire.


The plaintiffs, who were children at the time of the events, allege that they were trafficked from Mali to Côte d’Ivoire, forced to work without pay for twelve to fourteen hours a day, given minimal food and shelter, and subjected to physical abuse. Those who tried to escape allege that they were beaten and tortured. They also allege that the defendants, U.S. corporations Nestlé USA and Cargill, aided and abetted these abuses.


Congresswoman Maloney helped file this amicus brief to share information about Congress’s extensive anti-trafficking work with the Supreme Court and to highlight Congressional efforts to provide a remedy in U.S. federal courts to trafficking victims, including children held in forced labor abroad.


“As co-chair and co-founder of the Human Trafficking Caucus, fighting trafficking has long been one of my top priorities in Congress – in New York, around the country, and worldwide. I am proud to join my colleagues in filing this amicus brief, ensuring that the Supreme Court knows what Congress has done and is doing to combat human trafficking. What happened to these children is horrifying, and we should all be working to stamp out these human rights abuses anywhere they occur in the world.”


Congresswoman Maloney’s joint amicus brief with fellow Members of Congress provides an overview of Congress’s comprehensive strategy to combat human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad through criminal enforcement, civil remedies, and mandatory reporting.


The Congressional amicus brief for Nestle USA, Inc. and Cargill, Inc. v. Doe can be found here. A full list of amici supporting plaintiffs in this case and additional details can be found here. You can listen to the oral argument audio live on December 1.