National Consumers League

C.A.R.E. Act Introduced to Protect Young Farmworkers


Today, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) has introduced H.R. 3564, the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE), legislation that would close loopholes that permit the children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers to work for wages when they are only 12- and 13-years-old. NCL's Sally Greenberg says: “Child farmworkers are exposed to many dangers—farm machinery, heat stroke, and pesticides among them—and perform back-breaking labor that is not fit for children. It’s time to level the playing field by closing these archaic loopholes and offering these children the same protections that all other American kids enjoy. We applaud Rep. Roybal-Allard’s leadership in introducing CARE.” Read what the Child Labor Coalition and Human Rights Watch have to say about the new bill.