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child farmworker picking vegetablesPart III: What Can Be Done?

This section is intended to provide alternatives that address the problem of American child farmworkers. These alternatives include amending existing laws, improving enforcement of those laws, and expanding services for child farmworkers. The options presented, however, are by no means comprehensive. As you review them, consider which are most feasible and most desirable, then try to develop your own strategies.

The final step in a public policy project is one you will need to take on your own— deciding exactly what policy should be recommended. As you review the alternatives in this section and develop your own ideas, try to make a list of the objectives, costs (or disadvantages), benefits (or advantages), and practicality of each. When your list is complete, review it in order to help you make your decision of which specific policy to recommend. In making your recommendation, keep in mind the need not only to defend your choice, but also to say why it is more important to pursue than the other options being considered.

Video Introduction

  • Motivation, Education and Training
    An excerpt from the video “Stolen Childhoods” that highlights one program for serving child farmworkers
  • What Kids Can Do
    A brief list of actions students can take to address child labor presented in the film Lost Futures

How Should the Problem Be Addressed in U.S. Laws?

What Services Should Be Offered To Support Child Farmworkers?

What Can Citizens Do Directly?

  • Ending Child Labor
    Different strategies for ending child labor, such as unionism, universal
    education and universal minimum standards
  • Student Farmworker Alliance
    Student organization that works to improve conditions for farmworkers
  • Consumers Movement
    How consumers have united to bring about change in working conditions
    over time


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