Hearing: The Memoranda of Understanding Between the U.S. and China Regarding Prison Labor Products

Hearing Transcript: 

June 19, 2008

Room 418, Russell Senate Office Building
Delaware and Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC  20510

Hearing Co-Chairs: Chairman Larry Wortzel and Commissioner Peter Videnieks


Opening Statements

  • Opening Statement of Commissioner Peter Videnieks [Remarks]

Panel I: The State of Prison Labor in China’s Prison System

  • A general discussion of the status of prisoners and prison labor in China’s prison and “laogai” system          
  • A discussion of products produced by prison labor which may have been exported for sale in the United States
  • Mr. Harry Wu, Executive Director of The Laogai Foundation, Washington, D.C. [Testimony]
  • Mr. Gary Marck, Partner at Marck & Associates, Toledo, OH [Testimony]
  • Mr. Dan Ellis, Attorney at Lydy & Moan LLP, Toledo, OH [Testimony]

Panel II: The State of Chinese Compliance with the Prison Labor MOU / Administration Perspectives

    • A discussion of the provisions of the agreements made between the U.S. and China regarding prison labor products
    • A discussion of the Chinese government’s state of compliance with the Prison Labor MOU