Navigation Links
AFOP's Children in the Fields Campaign Raises Awareness of Child Labor in the U.S.
Date:6/13/2010

Today on World Day Against Child Labor, about 400,000 children in the United States will be working in the fields. Although the United States was one of the first signers of the International Labor Organization’s Convention 182, current U.S. law still continues to allow children to work long hours in hazardous jobs.

Washington, D.C.(Vocus) June 11, 2010 -- Today on World Day Against Child Labor, about 400,000 children in the United States will be working in the fields. Although the United States was one of the first signers of the International Labor Organization’s Convention 182, current U.S. law still continues to allow children to work long hours in hazardous jobs.

The International Labor Rights Forum issued a report on June 3rd, stating that the United States has failed to comply with the International Labor Organization’s Convention 182 reached at the Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention in 1999. Article three of this Convention defines the types of labor dangerous to children including: work with dangerous machinery, with hazardous substances, temperatures or noise levels damaging to minor’s hearing. The definition for what constitutes “hazardous working conditions” for a minor has not been updated for more than 30 years.

“If the United States is to be a leader in promoting labor rights and decent work globally, we must ensure our own compliance with important international conventions like ILO Convention 182. It is critical that the U.S. government improve our own laws and enforcement to end the exploitation of child workers within our borders.” Bama Athreya, Executive Director, International Labor Rights Forum.

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs’ Children in the Fields Campaign is working to close the 70-year-old loophole that allows children to work at such young ages. Children who work in agriculture receive less protection than minors in any other industry.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the legal age to perform most farm work is only 12 if a parent accompanies the working child. Children who are 12 or older can work unlimited hours in the fields before or after school hours. U.S. law also allows children working in agriculture to perform hazardous work at 16 – other workers must wait until they are adults.

“In honor of World Day Against Child Labor and to increase awareness of this inequity, the Children in the Fields Campaign launched its social media campaign today,” said Norma Flores, Program Director for AFOP’s Children in the Fields Campaign. “Our goal is to further educate the public and lawmakers on this disparity in the Fair Labor Standards Act, and advocate for the equal protection of all children.”

The new social media campaign will utilize multimedia, testimonials of farmworker children and related news through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

To join the campaign’s efforts to protect the health and safety of child workers across the United States, please follow the Children in the Fields Campaign on Twitter (twitter.com/cifcampaign), Facebook (causes.com/cif) and YouTube (youtube.com/ChildrenintheFields).

About the Children in the Fields Campaign:
The Children in the Fields Campaign is a project of the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP). The campaign strives to improve the quality of life of migrant and seasonal farmworker children by advocating for enhanced educational opportunities and the elimination of discriminatory federal child labor laws in agriculture. AFOP is the national federation of non-profit and public agencies that provide job training and services for America’s farmworkers.

###

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/Child_labor/latino_hispanic/prweb4130084.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2010 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. AFOP's SAFE AmeriCorps Collecting Clothes for Our Country's Farmworkers
2. Childrens Hospital Surgeon Receives Prestigious Paul Tessier Medal
3. Kaiser Permanente Gives $5 Million to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta
4. Sebastian Ferrero Foundation and Shands HealthCare Have Selected Sg2 to Conduct a Needs Assessment for a Gainesville-Based Childrens Hospital
5. NHLBI funds preclinical tests on devices for infants and children with congenital heart defects
6. Children's Health Insurance Program Helping Families Get Through Tough Times
7. UM School of Medicine scientists find new malaria vaccine is safe and protective in children
8. Save the Children Supplies 30,000 Haitian Children and Families with Rice at Sites in Marissant and Tabarre, Will Continue for Two Weeks
9. Eighth Annual Give Kids A Smile Day Provides Free Dental Care to Children
10. Human Rights Denied: Obama Leaves 75 Million Children Behind
11. ChildRC.com Provides Useful Financial Resources for Families of Children with Cerebral Palsy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Many families have long-term insurance that covers care for a ... waiver for care if the client has a cognitive impairment diagnosis. , “What ... is often waived, so the benefits from their insurance start immediately,” said Mechell Vieira, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... giving viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," ... on current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as ... disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Asante, a ... health care, have expanded their existing home health joint venture through an agreement, ... been operating a joint venture home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... On Saturday, October ... treadmill relay – Miles by Moonlight to raise money for the American Heart Association ... more. , Teams will work together to keep their treadmills moving for 5 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... 2017   Montrium , an industry leader ... the IQPC Trial Master Files & Inspection Readiness ... EastHORN Clinical Services has selected eTMF Connect ... management. EastHORN, a leading European contract research organization ... transparency to enable greater collaboration with sponsors, improve ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... Sept. 22, 2017 AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) announced ... now successfully helping those with the widespread pain associated ... diagnosed Amanda in Essex, England ... my hair, experiencing no sleep at all, tremendous pain, ... I cannot recommend [the AVACEN 100] enough, how this ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... R.I. , Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... the fields of bioinformatics and immune engineering, ... a protective avian influenza A (H7N9) vaccine. ... distantly related to seasonal influenza and presents ... rely on prior exposure to be effective. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: