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U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa Discusses the CARE Act

Edinburg, TX (Vocus) June 4, 2010

Last night the Children in the Fields Coalition was honored by a visit from their United States Representative, Congressman Ruben Hinojosa. The coalition members, led by Noemi Ochoa, the Children in the Fields Campaigns Texas Regional Coordinator for the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP), include educators, businessmen and women, farmworkers, farmworkers children, and agencies providing support services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. The Coalition meets once a month to receive updates on legislation as it relates to the Childrens Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act: H.R. 3564) and to review the progress of the campaign, as well as support the needs of farmworkers in their community.

Congressman Hinojosa began his address to the audience by thanking the coalition members for doing a great job in addition their commitment to migrant children in the region, noting, You do a tremendous job, and I greatly appreciate your dedication to our migrant children and students.

The Congressman went on to brief the audience on a variety of initiatives including his priorities for education programs, and his deep support for the CARE Act as one of the first Co-Sponsors of the bill. I believe that migrant children should have access to a quality education instead of having to work alongside their parents in the fields to help make ends meet.

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), which was established to stop the use of child labor in the U.S. mandates workers be a minimum of 16 years of age in all non-agricultural industries, yet it allows children to legally perform farm work at age 12 for an unlimited number of hours outside of school. Children performing agricultural work deemed by law as hazardous can be as young as 16, while hazardous work in other every other industry is strictly reserved for adults.

Currently, 91 members of the House of Representatives have sponsored the CARE Act, but additional sponsors are needed to pass this important piece of legislation. A hearing on this issue has yet to be requested by the Subcommittee on Workforce Protection, which must happen in order for it to be heard by the Education and Labor Committee.

The coalition members have been instrumental in educating the public on this inequity in the Fair Labor Standards Act that allows children to work in agriculture, one of the most dangerous industries, at a much younger age and for longer hours than any other trade, said Ochoa. All children deserve to be protected equally under our countrys labor laws.

About the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) and the Children in the Fields Campaign:

AFOP is the national federation of non-profit and public agencies that provide job training and services for Americas farmworkers. The Children in the Fields Campaign is a project of AFOP that strives to improve the quality of life of migrant and seasonal farmworker children by advocating for enhanced educational opportunities and the elimination of discriminatory federal child labor laws in agriculture.

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Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint’s 9th Annual Steak Dinner Will Honor Longtime Local Representative Congressman Dale E. Kildee

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) October 20, 2011

More than 300 guests will visit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint on Thursday, October 20, 2011 for the 9th Annual Steak Dinner presented by Quicken Loans Inc. and Fathead, LLC. The 4th Annual Patrick McInnis Community Hero Award will be presented at this years ceremony, When I Grow Up: A Celebration of Opportunity & Achievement, to Congressman Dale E. Kildee. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a meal compliments of Outback Steakhouse, a silent auction and presentations from youth members of the Boys & Girls Club.

The Patrick McInnis Community Hero Award was established in 2008 as a way to recognize an individual or group for a significant investment of time, talent and treasure in youth living in Flint, Michigan. The award was named in recognition of Fathead CEO and Flint native, Patrick McInnis, whose investment in the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint has directly resulted in a more vibrant and positive organization where area youngsters can learn, play and grow into productive citizens. The award is presented annually at the Clubs Steak Dinner in October.

Presenting the Community Hero Award to Congressman Kildee is truly an honor, said Patrick McInnis. Dales dedicated and tireless work in Flint and the surrounding area has made such a tremendous impact on young people, including these future community heroes here at the Flint Boys & Girls Club.

NAELA Commends Congressman Moran and Sen. Hagan for Their Dedication to Improving the Lives of Military Families with Disabled Children

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) June 05, 2013

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys strongly endorsed Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) for introducing the Disabled Military Child Protection Act of 2013 (S.1076 and H.R. 2249). This bill would allow more than 1,000 severely disabled military dependents to receive survivor benefits through a special needs trust without fear of losing access to their Medicaid or Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The Disabled Military Child Protection Act will help the disabled children of veterans receive the necessary long-term care they deserve.

Currently, if a military retiree chooses to leave his or her Survivor Benefit Plan to their disabled child, the veteran must leave the benefit directly to the child. This will likely render the disabled child ineligible for the much needed long-term care benefits that they already receive. The Disabled Military Child Protection Act will allow the veteran to transfer his or her benefits to a special needs trust, thus allowing the disabled child to remain eligible for long-term care benefits.

NAELA members walked the halls of Congress in April and met with Congressional offices to voice their strong support for this legislation. As Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys, we see clients who would greatly benefit from this law on a regular basis. Our nations veterans deserve the right to adequately plan for their disabled childrens long-term care needs and we applaud Congressman Moran and Sen. Hagan for introducing this bill that would make this necessary change in the law, said NAELA President Howard S. Krooks, CELA, CAP.

Michael Amoruso, Chair of NAELAs Public Policy Committee, stated that care for a disabled child can exceed $ 100,000 a year. The Disabled Military Child Protection Act will allow military families to use a special needs trust, a common long-term care planning tool for individuals with disabilities that are currently used by non-military families. Veterans must be afforded the same opportunities as other Americans to plan for the challenging and expensive long-term care needs of their disabled child.

Success of this bill is one of NAELAs top public policy priorities for the 113th Congress. The American Bar Association and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities also have supported this bill.


Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.