187 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.]

187 great national, regional, and state-based 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 187 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

Motivation, Education, and Training, Inc. (LA, MN, ND, NM, TX, WY)


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

Toxic Free NC (NC)

Trinity Human Rights Group

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 Nations Association of the National Capital Area

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 (NY)

Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health

Western North Carolina Workers’ Center

Winrock International

Worker Justice Center of New York

Worksafe (CA)