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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 agri
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