TypeInvestigations formally The Investigative Fund, featured a few of our Poder Juvenil Campesino youth group members + co-founder, Melissa Bailey-Castillo to highlight the plight of farmworker children and their communities as a part of the award-winning series Child Labor on the Farm, which uncovers how the farm lobby crushed regulations that could have saved the lives and health of many young workers..
In North Carolina, children as young as 8 years old work in various tobacco + crop fields, to make their financial contribution to their family’s income. Child labor laws prohibit the exploitation of child farmworkers, however, the socio-economic disparities of the agricultural workforce and disenfranchised Latino communities, propel families into utilizing every resource they have, even if it does require the labor of children under the age of 12 years old.
Published in 2013:
Read the award-winning series Child Labor on the Farm
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Cover photo:12-year-old Alejandrina Castillo picks jalepeño peppers at a farm labor encampment in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.