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Arlington, Virginia - November 12 to 14, 2014

Global Workers Justice Alliance participated in the National Farmworker Law Conference in Arlington, Virginia from November 12-14. Sponsored by National Legal Aid Defenders Association (NLADA) and coordinated by Farmworker Justice, the conference brought together over 150 advocates from across the United States.
 
Global Workers’ Executive Director Cathleen Caron and Staff Attorney & Legal Manager Nan Schivone attended the event on behalf of the organization. Delivering effective legal services to farmworkers requires specialized training and cooperation among advocates because these clients are oftentimes physically, socially and culturally isolated. The NFLC brings advocates together biannually to highlight advances in the field and offer refreshers on common issues, legal remedies and best practices.
 
Nan co-led a workshop entitled "Challenges in Transnational Litigation" to examine issues involved in representing migrant workers who return to their countries of origin while they have litigation pending, and described how farmworker advocates may benefit from cross-border collaboration with members of the Global Workers Defender Network.  Cathleen presented on a panel discussion, "Strategies to Address International Labor Recruitment Abuse" where she highlighted the work of our Defender Network addressing issues within the justice systems in migrants’ countries of origin.  Conference participants received copies of Global Workers’ publication Challenges in Transnational Litigation: Representing Absentee Plaintiffs in U.S. Courts.
 
Intense participation in substantive legal conferences enables Global Workers to strengthen relationships with advocates and maintain the knowledge necessary to effectively design and implement innovative programs to improve all migrant workers’ access to portable justice.

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