Faces of Freedom: Visions of Hope for Child Laborers


U. Roberto Romano

U. Roberto Romano (1956–2013) was an award-winning human rights educator, filmmaker and photographer who began his activism on the issue of child labor in 1995 when in Pakistan to film a story of the murder of Iqbal Masih, a child carpet slave turned activist. Romano traveled extensively and documented the many manifestations of child labor that invisibly penetrate the lives of countless Americans. The images that make up Faces of Freedom were documented between 1996 and 2012. In addition to documenting the work of GoodWeave throughout South Asia, Romano worked with numerous human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, The International Labor Organization, Stop The Traffik, The Hunger Project, The Farm Labor Organizing Committee, Council on Foreign Relations and Antislavery International.

Faces of Freedom is dedicated to Mr. Romano’s memory. His life, which was devoted to documenting human rights issues around the world, was taken too soon.

"Over the past 10 years I have watched GoodWeave take a lead role in the rescue and rehabilitation of child slaves and laborers in the carpet industry. It has grown into a trusted organization that continues to expand its reach and vision, all the while educating consumers that they can be good global citizens and make a difference where it is needed most. Many of the images here are grim reminders that children are still exploited in the netherworld of the global economy, but most show us that there is always hope when they are given a chance, and this is how it should be." —U. Roberto Romano