Washington – Mexican-American actress Eva Longoria expressed her support Sunday for the end of child labor and denounced the fact that in the United States, one of the world's richest countries, child laborers sometimes go to bed without having eaten.
Longoria presented the trailer of the documentary "The Harvest" about child workers in the United States during the annual meeting of the National Council of La Raza, or NCLR, the largest Hispanic organization in the country.
The actress, who is the documentary's executive producer, said she was committed to these children, who work harvesting vegetables and other crops 14 hours a day, seven days a week, some of them as young as 10.
In the United States, there are some 500,000 children who work in agriculture who are "badly paid" and are shunted into the vicious circle of exclusion, without education and without the basic services that all children should have a right to receive, Longoria said.
"Every time a Latino is recognized for their talent, the image of Latinos changes for the better," the actress, best known for her role as Gabrielle Solis in the television series "Desperate Housewives," said.
Longoria also directed the documentary "Latinos Living the American Dream."