About the Campaign
Since 1997, AFOP’s Children in the Fields Campaign has been dedicated to ensuring that farmworker children are protected and given an opportunity to succeed in life. By educating the public, advocating for educational programs for farmworker children, and supporting fair living wages for all farmworkers, the Children in the Fields Campaign strives to get farmworker children out of the fields and back into schools.
The Children in the Fields Campaign has partnered with the Child Labor Coalition, the National Consumers League, and other concerned parties to protect farmworker children. Together, they work to publicize the plight of this hidden population and advocate for federal policies that would strengthen the child labor safeguards in agriculture so that they are just as protective as those in other industries.
In 2009, the Children in the Fields Campaign launched a new phase to increase grassroots efforts in five key states and garner support for better protection of farmworker children under the law, providing them with equal opportunities for success. Regional Coordinators in the farmworker communities of California, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas have formed community coalitions and farmworker youth councils to raise awareness about the persistent issue of child labor in our agricultural system.
For more information, contact:
Director of Children In the Fields Campaign
Phone: (202) 384-1771
Project Manager Children In the Fields Campaign
Phone: (202) 384-1755
1120 20th Street, N.W.
Suite 300 South
Washington, D.C. 20036
The voices of farmworker children are rarely heard and their struggles are rarely understood. The Children in the Fields Campaign is working to help them share their stories and become leaders in their own communities through farmworker youth photo exhibits, student-led conferences, and educational materials. In addition, AFOP hosts an annual Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Children Essay and Art Contest.
We must act now to ensure farmworker children are being afforded the same protection as other children.
- Learn about where your food comes from and educate others about the plight of farmworker children
- Support educational programs for farmworker children
- Advocate for more protections for children who work in agriculture
- Support fair food and fair living wages for all farmworkers
Join our Grassroots Campaign
In 2009, the Children in the Fields Campaign launched a new phase to increase grassroots efforts in five key states and garner support for better protection of farmworker children under the law, providing them with equal opportunities for success. Regional Coordinators in the farmworker communities of California, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas have formed community coalitions and farmworker youth councils to raise awareness about the persistent issue of child labor in our agricultural system.To get involved with our grassroots campaigns, please visit:
Migrants in Action
NC FIELD Coalition
Information coming soon!
2017 Essay and Art Contests
We are now accepting submissions for the 2017 Migrant & Seasonal Farmworker Children Essay & Art Contests. The theme selected for this year’s contests is Growing Up in the Fields That Feed America and the contest flyer and guidelines have been posted below in both English and Spanish.
Through AFOP’s Migrant & Seasonal Farmworker Children Essay & Art Contests, each year we are able to collect hundreds of essays and works of art from students across the country, giving farmworker children the opportunity to showcase their heartwarming and compelling stories on the national stage and to empower them through our contests as they find the power in their voice. Our mission is to show America the realities our farmworker families face through the eyes of their children and to spur action to provide better educational support for our farmworker children.
- Winners are selected by a diverse panel of national community partners, including the American Federation of Teachers, National Consumers League, Human Rights Watch, and the National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Association. Names of winners and winning entries will be published in AFOP’s Washington Newsline and the best posters may be compiled to be presented to key members of Congress. All contact information of participants will be kept confidential.
- In addition to providing these children with small scholarships to help cover their educational expenses, our first prize winners are invited to be recognized at AFOP’s National Conference (#AFOP2017) on September 20, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Coming to our national conference to accept their award is, as one contestant described, “an inspiring, life-changing experience.”
Winners will be notified via telephone or by mail by Friday, July 14, 2017. For more information or to review the contest guidelines, please contact Tiffany Baker at 202.384.1755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contests Guidelines and Application: