Guatemala City, Guatemala November 12, 2007

Global Workers had a very productive meeting with the US Consul General and his staff. Much to our delight, the consulate has taken our advice seriously and is putting in to practice our suggestions to reduce worker exploitation. Recently, they began distributing to every H-2B guest worker (approx 5,000 in 2006) a know your labor rights flyer with contact information for assistance. Global Workers had provided the consulate with the first draft (designed in collaboration with the Southern Poverty Law Center) during a previous visit.

Guatemala City, Guatemala November 9, 2007

Global Workers came to Guatemala with several objectives: to secure the commitment of additional NGOs to join the network; to continue the advocacy with the US consulate; and to investigate a guest worker forestry case in the western highlands. Fortunately, all the objectives were successfully met. Global Workers is proud to announce that the Guatemalan Social Ministries on Human Mobility, the Center for Migrants in San Marcos, and the Social Ministries in Huehuetenango have committed to working with us to serve transnational migrants.

Tapachula, Chiapas, México September 3, 2007

Global Workers crossed into Guatemala to meet with the human rights organization, Casa del Migrante (“Migrant’s House”) that assists migrant workers on the other side of the border. The Center mostly helps Central American migrants who are heading north. Offering food, shelter, and limited medical care, over 17,000 migrants pass through its doors every year. More recently, the center has looked into the Guatemalan migrants who cross over to Chiapas to work in the harvest. The center has begun to educate Guatemalan workers on their labor rights in Mexico.

Tapachula, Chiapas, México September 1, 2007

Tapchula, the southern most city in Chiapas, is a city known for the Central American migrants passing through on the train as they head to the United States and as an area of destination for Guatemala migrant workers. Hundreds of Guatemalan women and girls come to Tapchula to work as domestic workers. In addition, approximately, 60,000 Guatemalans migrate annually to work in the harvest in the southern plantations. All of these workers suffer labor abuses, the extent of which is largely unknown.

San Cristóbal de la Casas, Chiapas, México August 30, 2007

While in Chiapas, Global Workers needed to locate 8 migrants who had sued their employer to recover unpaid minimum wages for their labor picking tomatoes. Although the workers had won the law suit, they had lost contact with their lawyers and were at risk of never recovering their stolen wages. After calling numbers that no longer worked and having notices returned by the post office, the non-profit was on the verge of giving up when it called Global Workers. As Global Workers was meeting with the various human rights groups it was also enlisting their help to locate the workers.


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