Tell Congress: Protect Children Doing Dangerous Farmwork in the U.S.
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Tell Congress: Protect Children Doing Dangerous Farmwork in the U.S.

    1. Sponsored by

      Human Rights Watch

The United States is failing to protect hundreds of thousands of children engaged in often grueling and dangerous farmwork. The current child labor law governing farmworkers was drafted in the 1930's when many more children worked on family farms, but that era is long gone.

Child farmworkers today risk their safety, health, and education on commercial farms across the United States. They are as young as 12 years old, and often work for hire for 10 or more hours a day, five to seven days a week.

Some start working part-time at age 6 or 7.

Children, like many adult farmworkers, typically earn far less than minimum wage, and their pay is often further cut because employers underreport hours and force them to spend their own money on tools, gloves, and drinking water that their employers should provide by law.

Agriculture is the most dangerous work open to children in the United States. Child farmworkers suffer fatalities at more than four times the rate of children working in other jobs. Some work without even the most basic protective gear, including shoes or gloves.

As a result of their long working hours, children who do agricultural work drop out of school at four times the national rate.

Join Human Rights Watch and call on the US Congress to amend the law governing child labor - the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) - to protect child farmworkers.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      America is supposedly the "home of the free" where everyone can achieve the "American Dream!" But, who are these "free" people living the "American Dream?"

      I don't know any personally, but I see them on TV and have been the waiter for a few. Join a physical or virtual march on Wall Street so you can meet some of the "free" people who are living the "American Dream!"

      Meanwhile, we need to tax the rich to help the poor until there are no poor no more...

    • luis lopez LA MESA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      A civilized people demand it.

    • Rosanne Leach KENT, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      They are also smaller and growing while they are exposed to poisonous chemicals which create respiratory, digestive and neurolpgical damage plus increased risk of cancer.

    • Adiba Khan NORMAN, OK
      • about 3 years ago

      make a difference.


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