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Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico April 28, 2008

The fist day of the training was wonderful. Most of the advocates are lawyers and they soaked up the day’s intensive survey of US employment law. All of the US law topics were carefully chosen as most relevant to transnational migrant workers and based upon the manual meticulously elaborated over the past 1.5 years by consulting attorney Nan Schivone.

Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico April 27, 2008

This is an historic moment for Global Workers. Tonight 23 advocates from 13 human rights organizations from southern Mexico and Guatemala are arriving in Tapachula, Mexico for a three-day Training on Defending Transnational Migrant Workers in the United States. After over two years of carefully laying the groundwork traveling through the region to identify potential partners (from priests running migrant shelters to seasoned human rights attorneys), this training will be the official launch of the Global Workers Defender Network.

New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2008

Today Global Workers met with Brazilian and Mexican workers who were all exploited through the guest worker program and are organizing with the support of the New Orleans Workers Center. The Brazilian workers paid up to $6,000 to secure jobs as welders at the Signal shipyard in Mississippi. But when they arrived they were shocked to discover that there was no work at all.

Pascagoula, Mississippi March 6, 2008

Today, 100 of these Indian guest workers quit their jobs at Signal and threw their hard hats at the front gate in a symbolic protest. Angry and defrauded, these workers want justice. A local TV station covered the action. Global Workers was present at the protest in Pascagoula as part of an international legal support team.

Pascagoula, Mississippi March 5, 2008

The New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice asked Global Workers to support a case of Indian H-2b guest workers trafficked to work for Signal International, a large shipyard in Mississippi. Specifically, they wanted to bring legal actions in India against the recruiter and to explore international legal actions in addition to the domestic actions they were about to pursue.

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