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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.
Every 10 days in America, a young person is killed at work. Every day, more than 100 young workers under the age of 19 are seriously injured or become ill from their jobs. In September 2008, NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on the Department of Labor’s poor enforcement of the federal child labor laws, making recommendations about reforms to strengthen protections for working children.