It makes sense to employers: Kids make obedient field hands, their little fingers nimble enough to cull all those tiny berries with maximum efficiency. Moreover, the vast migrant labor force—largely Latino, impoverished and disenfranchised—is ripe for exploitation. But there's a cost of doing this business, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW): disrupted schooling, safety hazards, and the threat of sexual assault, all factor into the opportunity cost of a lost childhood. (See video below.)
Cathie's notes: Great article with lots of links. There is an online action page for the CARE Act (HR 3564) here. Check out progress of the bill at THOMAS here and and a pdf version of the bill's text at GPO here.