While hard to believe, in the United States, children as young as 10 are currently legally working in industrial farmwork. The child workers often receive little to no safety training, and, as a result, 33 children are injured every day while working on US farms. One of the most significant risks these children face is the growing crisis of heat-related illness, illustrated by a recent study by the Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine. In that study, nearly half of 230 Latinx child farmworkers in North Carolina experienced at least one symptom of heat-related illness.
The research team have developed infographics to convey the findings of this work, available in both English and Spanish.
We look forward to working alongside this group to eradicate dangerous child labour practices in the United States and beyond.
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