Too young and too dangerous: The hazards of harvesting tobacco and other crops for farmworker children

Child Rights

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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The Child Labor Coalition, Human Rights Watch, and First Focus Campaign for Children invite you to attend a special briefing in honor of International Human Rights Day — in cooperation with the offices of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Rep. David Cicilline, and the Labor of Working Families Caucus.

Speakers and Panelists:

The Honorable David Cicilline (D-RI)
Lead Sponsor of H.R. 1848, legislation to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to prohibit employment of children in tobacco-related agriculture in the United States.

The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Lead sponsor of H.R. 2964, the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act), which would ban children from doing wage work at 12 and hazardous work at 16.

Margaret Wurth
Wurth, from Human Rights Watch, presents new research on the impact of nicotine poisoning and toxic pesticides on young tobacco workers.

Ana Flores
Teen tobacco worker, North Carolina


Norma Flores Lopez
East Coast Migrant Head Start & The Child Labor Coalition