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Children's Act for Responsible Employment (CARE)

The majority who work in our nation's farms are undocumented, and a significant proportion—hundreds of thousands—of them are children. While child labor laws protect children from exploitation in other sectors, there are major loopholes in the agriculture laws. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), children often work 10 or more hours a day with sharp tools, heavy machinery, and dangerous pesticides. Farmworker children die at four times the rate of other working youth. Due to their workload and transient living conditions, an education is almost an impossibility. The Children's Act for Responsible Employment (CARE) would help protect these children.

On June 16, 2011 the CARE Act was reintroduced in Congress.

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  • Children in the Fields
    Campaign from the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs and the National Consumers League to end the exploitation of children in agriculture
  • Child Labor Coalition
    Promoting health, safety, education, and well-being for working minors and pursuing an end to child labor exploitation

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Last updated on Thursday, December 8, 2011.

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"Fingers to the Bone": A YouTube video made by Human Rights Watch that documents the rampant use of child labor on our country’s farms. Child labor is regulated in the U.S. but legal exemptions for farm work make this kind of abuse possible.

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