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San Pedro Sula, Honduras - January 25

Sister Valdette, a Brazilian nun of the Scalibrini order, invited Cathleen to the Center for Returned Migrants, an office she runs in the airports.  The sister has achieved such prominence in Honduras for serving deported—“returned” as she more appropriately calls them—migrants that she has changed the national dialogue on the issue and now regular receives national awards for her work.  

San Pedro Sula, Honduras - January 24

In 2012, San Pedro Sula gained the unwelcome infamy of having the highest murder rate in the world outside of a war zone.  The U.S. Peace Corps, as well as many other international organizations, have pulled out due to the violence.  Although Global Workers travels to many places under US State Department travel advisories, this was the most challenging and the place to enact the security precautions we have developed.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras - January 23

An organization Cathleen was interested in meeting, ERIC, a Jesuit organization that addresses various human rights issues, one of them being migration, invited her to attend the launch of their report, Third Public Opinion Survey of Honduras.  The press conference was packed and there were headlines for the rest of the week.  The survey painted a dismal picture of Honduras today—a country on the brink of political collapse.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras - January 22

Today Cathleen met with the Canadian embassy to discuss the temporary foreign worker program to Canada.  There are two known recruiters to Canada and purportedly a third.  We have received various reports of worker abuse both in Canada and Honduras.  Cathleen reached out to the embassy to see how they handled complaints from workers and efforts to combat the chronic fraud around these programs (people “sell” visas to unsuspecting and hopeful migrants).  The embassy has structured itself to do very little to make the program transparent and abuse free.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras - January 21

Executive Director, Cathleen Caron, travelled to Honduras this week to solidify the list of organizations that will be invited to the upcoming training for new members of the Global Workers Defender Network-Central America.  Over the first days in the country’s capital, Tegucigalpa, she met with a women’s rights organization, university professor, Catholic nuns, the Labor Ministry and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that work with migrants.

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