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.
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.
Migración, Derechos Humans y Políticas Públicas
(Migration, Human Rights, and Public Policy)
Global Workers Justice Alliance was invited to a conference of Latin American human rights practitioners in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Global Workers Legal Manager, Nan Schivone, attended the June 9-13 event on behalf of the organization to discuss strategies to tackle some of the most severe problems facing migrants in the region.
While in Montreal, Executive Director, Cathleen Caron met with various Canadian advocates and government officials to buttress developments of Global Workers program in Canada. While the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)-Canada continues to be Global Workers staunchest ally in Canada, we are now establishing more partnerships to increase access to justice for Canadian temporary foreign workers.
The Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (www.crimt.org) invited Executive Director, Cathleen Caron, to speak at its 2014 conference on “New Frontiers for Citizenship at Work,” this year held in Montreal.
The mission of the Global Workers Justice Alliance is to combat worker exploitation by promoting portable justice for transnational migrants through a cross-border network of worker advocates and resources.
Global Workers coined the term portable justice to describe the right and ability of transnational migrant workers to access justice in the countries of employment even after they have departed for their home countries.