Photo: Eva Longoria on Capital Hill
Actor and Activist Eva Longoria, who is executive producer of a new documentary THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA, joined Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) on yesterday at the House Triangle outside the East Front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to announce a new push to reform child labor laws for farmworkers.
THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA, a new film by Shine Global, U Roberto Romano and Executive Producer Eva Longoria, examines the lives of child migrant laborers. It focuses on three Latino youths who are among an estimated 400,000 children who work under frequently brutal conditions on America’s farms, at the expense of their health, education and social development. The film will be released theatrically in Los Angeles and in New York in July, along with special screenings in 30 cities nationally.
In addition to Eva Longoria and Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, speakers at the press conference included Thomas A. Saenz, President & General Counsel, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF); Reid Maki, Coordinator of the Child Labor Coalition who will be releasing the National Consumers League’s results of a consumer survey on attitudes about child labor in agriculture; and Norma Flores López, Director of the Children in the Fields Campaign at the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP), and a former child migrant farmworker.
Rep. Roybal-Allard is the author of “The Children’s Act for Responsible Employment,” (CARE) which would extend equal child labor protection to hundreds of thousands of children by raising the minimum age at which farmworkers can work to 14 and increasing the age at which they can do hazardous work to 18 – the same as all other industries.