182 Organizations Endorse Legislation (CARE Act) to Close Child Labor Loopholes that Endanger the Health, Safety and Educational Development of Farmworker Children

The Child Labor Coalition is reaching out for organizational endorsements of the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment and Farm Safety, H.R. 3394, which would end exploitative child labor in U.S. agriculture. [This is the bill number in the 116th Congress. We expect the bill to be reintroduced soon in the 117th Congress.]

182 great groups have endorsed this much-needed legislation.

We ask organizations to help us advance this vital legislation which would remove the exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act that allow children to work unlimited hours in agriculture at the age of 12; these exemptions also allow child farmworkers to perform hazardous work at the age of 16. A text of the bill can be found here.

The educational impact of child labor on U.S. farmworker children has been devastating. We estimate that two out of three children who work in the fields drop out of school.

Rep. Roybal-Allard’s press release explains why there is an urgent need to protect farmworker children and how the bill accomplishes this.

Organizations that wish to add their names to the list of endorsers, please email reidm@nclnet.org .

The following 174 organizations have endorsed the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment and Farm Safety:

The 182 groups below have endorsed the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment and Farm Safety between 2019 and 2021:


Action for Children North Carolina
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
Alliance for Justice
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers
American Medical Women’s Association
Amnesty International USA
Asian Americans Advancing Justice — AAJC
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers (AWPPW)
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, & Grain Millers  International Union
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, & Grain Millers  International Union, Local 351 (NM)
Bank Information Center
Beyond Borders
Beyond Pesticides
Bon Appétit Management Company
California Human Development
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
CATA – Farmworkers’ Support Committee  (NJ, PA, MD)

Center for Childhood & Youth Studies, Salem State University  (MA)

Center for Human Rights of Children, Loyola University
Center for Progressive Reform
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante
Child Labor Coalition
Child Welfare League of America
Children’s Alliance (Washington State)
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking̶̶—CAST
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Coalition on Human Needs
Communications Workers of America
Community Farm Alliance
Corporate Accountability Lab
CREA: Center for Reflection, Education and Action
Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families
Dialogue on Diversity
Earth Ethics
Earth Justice
East Coast Migrant Head Start Project
Episcopal Farmworker Ministry (North Carolina)
Fairtrade America
Fair World Project
Families USA
Farm Labor Organizing Committee
Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (Illinois)
Farmworker Association of Florida
Farmworker Justice
Feminist Majority Foundation
First Focus Campaign for Children
Food and Water Action
Food Chain Workers Alliance
Food Empowerment Project
Food Policy Action Education Fund
Food Tank
Friends of the Earth
Futures Without Violence
General Federation of Women’s Clubs
Girls Inc.
Global Campaign for Education–US
Global Fairness Initiative
Global March Against Child Labour
Green America
Hispanic Affairs Project (Colorado)
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
Hispanic Federation
Human Agenda
Human Rights Watch
Human Trafficking Legal Center
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
International Bar Association’s Institute of Human Rights
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Initiative to End Child Labor
International Justice Mission
International Labor Rights Forum
International Rights Advocates
Jobs with Justice
Justice for Migrant Women
Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
Kentucky Youth Advocates
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement–LACLAA
La Semilla Food Center (NM & TX)
Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund – LALDEF (NJ)
Lawyers for Good Government
Learning Disabilities Association of America
Learning Disabilities Association of Maine
Legal Aid Justice Center (VA)
Lideres Campesinas
MANA, A National Latina Organization
Marshfield Clinic Health System
Maryland Pesticide Network
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (Mass COSH)
Media Voices for Children
Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project
Mighty Earth
Migrant Clinician’s Network
Migrant Justice // Justicia Migrante
Migrant Legal Action Program
National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education
National Consumers League
National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH)
National Council of Jewish Women
National Domestic Workers Alliance
National Education Association
National Employment Law Project (NELP)
National Farm Medicine Center
National Farm Worker Ministry
National Immigration Law Center
National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association 
National Organization for Women
National Women’s Law Center
NC Field
New Labor (NJ)
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
New Mexico Voices for Children
North Carolina Council of Churches
North Carolina Justice Center
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
Northwest Workers’ Justice Project (Oregon)
NYS American Academy of Pediatrics, Chapters 1, 2 & 3
NYSUT — A Union of Professionals (NY)
PathStone (IN, NJ, NY, OH, PA, PR, VT, VA)
Pax Christi USA
PCUN—Pineros y Campesinos  del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers)
Pesticide Action Network
Phoenix Zones Initiative
Physicians for Social Responsibility, New Mexico Chapter
Pride at Work
Progressive Democrats of America
Proteus Inc. (California)
Public Citizen
Rainforest Action Network
Responsible Sourcing Network
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC)
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Rukmini Foundation
Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA
Rural and Migrant Ministry (New York)
Rural Coalition
SafeJobs Oregon
SafeWork Washington
SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Shine Global
Shriver Center on Law and Poverty
Sierra Club
Social Accountability International
Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR)
SPLC Action Fund
Student Action with Farmworkers (NC)
Telamon Corp./Transition Resources Corp. (AL, DE, GA, IN, MD, MI, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
Tony’s Chocolonely
UFW Foundation
Union of Concerned Scientists
United Farm Workers of America (UFW)
United Food & Commercial Workers International Union 
United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
United Methodist Women
United Migrant Opportunity Services (WI, FL, MN, MO, TX)
United Steel Workers
United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Vecinos Farmworker Health Program  (North Carolina)
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
Voices for Utah Children
Wasatch Clean Air Coalition (Utah)
Washington Lawyers Committee
Wayne Action for Racial Equality
Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health
Western North Carolina Workers’ Center
Winrock International
Worker Justice Center of New York