Secretary Solis drew a direct connection between poverty and exploitation of child laborers during remarks Sept. 26 at Labor Department headquarters announcing updated reports on global child labor and forced labor. She told the audience of more than 125 that poverty is the primary reason why children are forced to work, but that child labor also causes and perpetuates a circle of poverty. Joining Solis were Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa; Gayle Smith, special assistant to the president and senior director at the National Security Council; and Ian Solomon, U.S. executive director of the World Bank. Sen. Harkin declared the reports should be "must reading for governments around the world." Smith and Solomon complimented the department on the development of powerful tools that can empower the global community in the fight against hazardous and abusive child labor.