[Released by Rep. Roybal-Allard]
June 20, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rep. Roybal-Allard, 24 Cosponsors Reintroduce CARE Act to Strengthen Protections for Child Farmworkers
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) led the reintroduction of her Children’s Act for Responsible Employment and Farm Safety (CARE), which raises labor standards and protections for farm worker children to the same level set for children in all other occupations. The congresswoman announced the CARE Act’s reintroduction at a press event in the U.S. Capitol alongside advocates including Mónica Ramírez, the president of Justice for Migrant Women; Norma López, the chair of the Domestic Issues Committee for the Child Labor Coalition; and Brenda Alvarez-Lagunas, a former child farmworker who recently made national news for her valedictorian speech at her high school graduation. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard reintroduced today’s bill with 24 House cosponsors.
“America is morally obligated to protect the rights, safety, and future of every child in our nation,” said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard. “Sadly, our child agricultural workers do not enjoy these protections. They currently face a double standard that lets them work at younger ages, for longer hours, and in more hazardous conditions than child workers in any other industry. If we value our youth, if we support fair and decent treatment for all children, then we must pass the CARE Act and finally ensure fundamental protections for America’s child farmworkers.”
“Farmworker children pay the price for the inexpensive fruits and vegetables our nation consumes with their battered bodies, lost educational opportunities, and broken dreams because they are forced to work just to make ends meet for their families,” said Ms.… Read the rest