Unit 3 Destination Reflection - Arizona/Mexico

Please watch this short video from Human Rights Watch, which talks about the widespread use of child labor on US farms. Many of these child laborers are undocumented, and because of this they are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse:

You can learn more about how immigration status affects child farm workers from another report by Human Rights Watch:


  • What feelings did the video bring up for you?
  • What did you learn from these stories that you didn’t know before?
  • What connections do you see between immigration issues and economic injustice? How about between the struggles for workers’ rights and for immigrants’ rights?
  • The video promotes a solution that involves changing US labor laws to make it illegal for children to be hired for farm work. What unintended consequences could arise from protecting children in this way? For instance, what are some of the effects this legislation might have on these children’s families? Are there other changes you can imagine that could solve the problem of child farm labor?


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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at hvickery@uucsj.org and 617-301-4303