Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) joins with Actress Eva Longoria Parker and film director U Roberto Romano to protect migrant farmworker children in the fields
To mark the anniversary of Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard’s introduction of the CARE Act legislation in September of 2009, Actress Eva Longoria Parker and Film Director U Roberto Romano joined the congresswoman on Capitol Hill for the showing of select scenes from the upcoming feature length documentary, The Harvest/La Cosecha. The film shows what many in the United States find difficult to believe; that it is legal for American children aged 12 and sometimes younger to toil unlimited hours in near 100-degree heat, harvesting the fruits and vegetables that we eat in America today.
US. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) has long sought to end this double standard that exists in America’s child labor laws. On September 16th of last year, she introduced The Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act, HR 3564) that addresses the inequities and harsh conditions faced by hundreds of thousands of American children currently employed in agriculture. As of September 1 the legislation has 103 co-sponsors.
“I applaud Eva Longoria Parker, Robin Romano and Shine Global for using the power of film to shine a light on the plight of child farmworkers in The Harvest/La Cosecha. As this film documents, children in agriculture too often work in dangerous and exploitive conditions, which are illegal in every other industry. That is why I authored HR 3564, the CARE Act, which would raise labor standards and protections for farmworker children to the same level set for children in all other occupations,” Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard said.
For more information about the CARE Act, please click Lucille’s Legislation at www.house.gov/roybal-allard.
“I want to commend Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard for her leadership in Congress on the CARE Act. The plight of migrant children has been an issue very near and dear to my heart. Using my voice to help Shine Global and U Roberto (Robin) Romano to raise awareness about this moral imperative has been an incredible honor. This has been one of the most important issues I have had the opportunity to work on," said Eva Longoria Parker, one of the documentary’s executive producers.
Award winning filmmaker and photographer U Roberto (Robin) Romano followed 5 families over the course of two years, traversing the country from Florida to California and Texas to Michigan numerous times, giving us our most intimate, touching and disturbing look to date at the lives of the children who feed America.
THE HARVEST is being produced by Shine Global, a 501(c)(3) non-profit film production company dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of children worldwide through films that raise awareness, promote action and inspire political change. Shine’s first documentary, WAR DANCE, was nominated for an Academy Award and two Emmys. Contributions to Shine are used to produce its films and net profits are returned to the children it documents through local non-governmental agencies.
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