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Long-awaited protection for child ag workers offered by CARE Act

 

Child farmworker Grecia Balli. Photo credit Human Rights Watch / U. Roberto RomanoGrecia Balli began working in farm fields when she was 10 years old. At age 14, she decided to drop out of school because her life as a migrant farmworker caused her to switch schools frequently, making it difficult for her to keep up academically. By age 17 she no longer dreamed of becoming a police officer, which had been her goal. Her life revolved around farm work.

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June 12: World Day Against Child Labor

Today, June 12, is World Day Against Child Labor. Activists around the globe will rally for a reduction of child labor and an increase in students in classrooms. In 2013, more than 200 million children around the world are still involved in child labor.  

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DOL withdraws much-needed child safety protections for children working for wages on farms

Female child farmworker using sharp cutting shears in the fieldThe safety of child workers on farms was dealt a harsh blow in April 19 when the Obama administration unexpectedly announced that it was withdrawing long-awaited occupational child safety rules for agriculture.

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