Petition

Protect Child Farmworkers from Hazardous Working Conditions

About the Petition

Right now, as many as 500,000 children are employed in U.S. fields, and there are no set limits on how many hours they can work, so long as they don’t work during school hours. Child farmworkers in the U.S. are also more likely to drop out of school, with a high school graduation rate of 55 percent. The Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act) would ensure that the same work hours and age standards apply to children in all sectors of the American economy, even agriculture.

Stand with organizations such as the Human Rights Watch, and urge Congress to pass the CARE Act.

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To: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

We, the undersigned, urge you to cosponsor the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act). We’re appalled to learn that hundreds of thousands of children are working on farms for 10 or more hours a day, being exposed to harmful pesticides, experiencing heat illness and life-altering injuries. As current law stands, child farmworkers, most notably those working on family farms, are exempt from legal safeguards that apply to all other children in the U.S. workforce.

I stand with organizations such as Human Rights Watch in urging Congress to pass the CARE Act.

Sincerely, 

[Your name here]

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    Al Chazin
    Flushing, NY
    30 minutes ago
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    Rita Falsetto
    Aguilar, CO
    42 minutes ago
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    Katherine O'brien
    San Diego, CA
    6 hours ago
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    Brant Kotch
    Houston, TX
    9 hours ago
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    Al Criswell
    Largo, FL
    12 hours ago
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    Judith Weiler
    Stow, MA
    16 hours ago
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    Nina Marquez
    Irvine, CA
    20 hours ago
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    Arthur Riding
    United Kingdom
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    Jim Phillips
    Sonoma, CA
    1 day ago
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    Jennifer Gomez
    Palm Springs, CA
    1 day ago
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    Teresa Windrum
    Ashland, OR
    1 day ago
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    Andrew Murray
    Clearfield, UT
    1 day ago
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    William & Marianne Sherman
    Mountain Home, AR
    1 day ago
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    Jeannie Gomes
    Canyon Country, CA
    1 day ago

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