August 2007

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San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México August 27, 2007

Global Workers approach in identifying potential partners is to make contact with organizations that have legal departments and outreach capacity. A legal department is necessary because the advocates will be assisting in labor cases originating in the USA, identifying new cases, providing direct legal services for issues that arise locally related to the migration, and to continually identify bigger picture legal and legislative challenges to portable justice that must be addressed. Outreach capability is equally important.

San Cristóbal de la Casas, Chiapas, México August 29, 2007

Global Worker had an interesting meeting with the local office of the National Commission of Human Rights, a federal entity that investigates abuses by federal officials. In Chiapas they receive complaints from migrants in transit who have been victims of federal police abuse. Unfortunately, this is an all too common phenomena. Migrants going north are systematically exploited by corrupt police officials. Not surprisingly, the National Commission’s cases suffer from the same portable justice issues that plague all advocates representing transnational clients.

San Cristóbal de la Casas, Chiapas, México August 30, 2007

While in Chiapas, Global Workers needed to locate 8 migrants who had sued their employer to recover unpaid minimum wages for their labor picking tomatoes. Although the workers had won the law suit, they had lost contact with their lawyers and were at risk of never recovering their stolen wages. After calling numbers that no longer worked and having notices returned by the post office, the non-profit was on the verge of giving up when it called Global Workers. As Global Workers was meeting with the various human rights groups it was also enlisting their help to locate the workers.

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