April 2010

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ABA International Law Conference New York, April 13 - 16, 2010

Global Workers’ Griselda Vega participated in the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law’s Spring Conference that took place in New York. This biennial Spring Meeting has emerged as one of the world’s most important gatherings of international lawyers. Global Workers decided to attend this meeting as the kick-off to our USA outreach effort. This year Global Workers will focus on reaching out to US organizations and advocates so they become familiar with our services and expertise.

Guatemala, Guatemala April 27, 2010

Executive Director, Cathleen Caron, travelled to Guatemala primarily to meet with the human rights organizations that attended the New Defender training in November, 2009 to encourage them to formally join the Global Workers Defenders Network. As always, however, many other issues will be addressed and connections made.

Guatemala, Guatemala April 28, 2010

Cathleen met with a newly formed governmental commission, CONAMIGUA, the Guatemalan National Commission on Migration. When Global Workers first started its work in Guatemalan in 2005, there was very little attention to the issue of migration. Five years later that is no longer the case and migration is discussed frequently in media outlets and government circles. CONAMIGUA’s mission is to coordinate the government’s migration policies. It is quite a task since various governmental agencies address various aspects of the migration experience.

Guatemala, Guatemala April 29, 2010

Today, Cathleen met with members of the Guatemalan Association of Mayan Lawyers and Notaries (AANMG), who agreed to join the Global Workers Defender Network. The AANMG is an association of Mayan lawyers that defends collective rights of the Mayan people. Although Mayans constitute the majority of the Guatemalan population they are marginalized in all aspects of Guatemalan life. The AAMG is the first-ever of its kind in Guatemala and has made great strides in defending Mayan communities regarding land rights, environmental rights, collective labor rights and discrimination.

Chimaltenango, Guatemala April 30, 2010

Today, another organization joined our work, Centro de Estudios y Apoyo al Desarollo Local (CEADEL) based in Chimaltenango, about one hour north west of Guatemala City. Chimaltenango is the center of the maquila textile industry in Guatemala. The labor rights violations committed against the mostly young, female work force are tremendous. With a staff of 18, CEADEL, has garnered much attention for its groundbreaking work defending these women.

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