U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement

The U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement entered into force on December 17, 2001. The Governments of the United States and Jordan signed the agreement on October 24, 2000 under the Clinton administration. While the Jordan FTA includes, for the first time in the text of a trade agreement, provisions on trade and environment and trade and labor, including a reaffirmation of commitments to uphold the core labor standards identified by the International Labor Organization (ILO), these commitments are likely only to be effective where countries’ labor laws already conform with ILO standards.

Interfaith Statement on “Free Trade” and Human Trafficking May 2006
Human Trafficking in Jordan Condemned United Steelworkers & National Labor Committee, May 4, 2006
Jordan Cracksdown on Foreign Workers Abuse Mid-East Times, May 5, 2006
US-Jordan FTA: Descends into Human Trafficking & Involuntary Servitude National Labor Committee, May 4, 2006
An Ugly Side of Free Trade: Sweatshops in Jordan New York Times, May 3, 2006
The Struggle for Workers Rights in Jordan The Solidarity Center, December 2005
Statement from President of Defenders of Wildlife to the Senate Finance Committee March 20, 2001