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THE HARVEST/LA COSEHCA follows 3 of the estimated 400,000 children who labor in the fields to feed us.


Zulema Lopez

Zulema Lopez, 12, thinks of nothing but working in the fields, and one of her earliest childhood memories is of her mother teaching her how to pick and clean strawberries.  Having attended eight schools in the last eight years, she struggles to keep up and is afraid she may not make it to high school.  When asked what her dreams are, she replies that she doesn’t have time for them.






Perla SanchezPerla Sanchez,  14, travels with her large family to pick crops across the United States. She watches as her classmates forge special bonds that she will never share with them as they advance from one grade to the next and she is left behind. And just when it seems that her father has found a job that will allow them to stay in one place and have some stability, a decline in his health sends them back on the road. She dreams of becoming a lawyer so that she can help other migrant workers who struggle to make ends meet .






Victor HuapillaVictor Huapilla  is a 16 year-old living in Florida. His family migrated to the US when he was young looking for a better life and is on the path to full citizenship. To help support his family, Victor has had to balance his time between harvesting and going to school and his education suffers.  While Victor is often in the fields, he’s glad his younger sisters are still spared the ordeal of picking up to 1500 pounds of tomatoes a day.  But the expenses of legally bringing his two older sisters to America bankrupts the family and they can’t afford to migrate for work.

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