November 1, 2021

Willkie served as a pro bono partner to L4GG in the research and development of the report.

Willkie attorneys supported L4GG’s Lawyers for Racial Initiative on a recently released policy report, “Child Farmworkers: Too Young, Vulnerable, & Unprotected, ” co-authored by L4GG and the Child Labor Coalition. The report was the culmination of a nationwide project researching state laws governing agricultural labor with a focus on child labor. Its findings, which incorporate the Willkie team’s research, show the lack of regulatory protections for child agricultural farmworkers, the harsh conditions child laborers are subject to in the fields and its racially discriminatory impact on children of color. The report calls for action to implement additional safety regulations on state and federal levels and to increase labor protections for these children. It also introduces a model state policy, based on the federal CARE Act supported by 185 organizations, that can be adapted to increase labor protections for child farmworkers in any state.

The report can be accessed here.

The mission of Lawyers for Good Government (LFGG) is to protect and strengthen democratic institutions, resist abuse of power and corruption, and defend the rights of all those who suffer in the absence of "good government."

The Willkie team was led by partner Heather Schneider, pro bono counsel Stacey Kushlefsky and included associates Melanie de Marnix, Sophia Galleher, Nicholas Iles, AJ Swartwood and Daniel Werb.