July 2014

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Mexico City, Mexico - July 23, 2014

Global Workers Defender Network- Mexico Forum - Day One

14 representatives from the Mexican Global Workers Defender Network gathered today in Mexico City for the 5th Defender Network Forum. The diverse group of participating Defenders came from 6 states and work on a variety of issues in addition to collaboration with Global Workers, such as indigenous rights, children rights and migrants in transit. The good will to learn more about the substantive issues we focus on and their drive to absorb and apply it in education to migrants, changing laws on the state and federal level, and the legal cases for workers abused in relation to their employment abroad was evident.

Mexico City, Mexico - July 24, 2014

Global Workers Defender Network- Mexico Forum - Day Two

Day two was marked as a day of planning, divided into three sessions. The first part focused on how networks function in general and how they can advance common goals. Then we shared capacities of each organization as groundwork for what is feasible to achieve as a Network in Mexico. The discussion then shifted to the projects the Network wants to address in the upcoming year. Such topics included advocacy with state governments to push them to take an active role in preventing visa fraud, identifying abuses and referring cases for labor abuses suffered in relation to the work abroad, and trainings on various topics such as Canadian law, among others.

Mexico City, Mexico – July 25, 2014

Recruitment Agency Regulations: Panel and Press conference

In coordination with allied organizations Catholic Relief Services, Jornaleros-SAFE, and Instituto de Estudios y Divulgación sobre Imigración (INEDIM), Global Workers Justice Alliance organized a day event to present the report “Reglamento de Agencias de Colocación de Trabajadores”, an analysis of the new recruitment agencies regulations in Mexico.

The first part of the event was a panel to discuss the challenges and violations workers suffer during the recruitment process. Along with Scalabrinianas: Misión para Migrantes y Refugiados, Centro de Derechos del Migrante, and ProDESC representatives, Cathleen Caron took part of this panel to present Global Workers Justice Alliance’s work, facts of the H2 visa program, and two fraud case studies to show how recruiters take advantage of workers applying to the temporary worker program.

In the second panel, Defender Network members Isabel Ramos and Cesar Alvarez participated with representatives of INEDIM and Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes. The panel discussed the impact of the reforms to Article 28 of the Federal Labor Law on the new recruitment agency regulation, as well as report findings and its impact on the recruitment process.

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