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National phone-in day for protecting child farmworkers is March 31, 2010, Cesar Chavez Day. Advocates are calling on consumers to help protect migrant farmworker children by calling on their Representative to support the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (H.R. 3564).
Advocates have been working for years to improve the working conditions for young farmworkers in the United States. In recent months, the CARE Act, the domestic priority for NCL's Child Labor Coalition, has been gathering steam. In all, 73 groups, representing a diverse cross-section of interests, have stood up and said it’s time to end the injustice of child labor in U.S. agriculture.
During the summer of 2008, state labor officials in Iowa released the results of an investigation of the kosher meatpacking giant, Agriprocessors, in the small town of Postville, where authorities determined that the slaughterhouse illegally employed 57 minors, aged 14 to 17, in sweatshop-working conditions rife with health and safety violations.