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Yellow Knife, North West Territories, Canada June 29, 2007

Invited by the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers (www.call-acams.com/en-guest/), a Global Workers representative traveled to Yellow Knife, Canada to speak on the USA guest worker program. It was a unique opportunity to discuss the USA program with top Canadian labor lawyers and learn about the Canadian system from its leading experts.

Washington, D.C. June 7, 2007

Global Workers attended a House of Representative’s Education and Labor Committee Hearing on “Protecting U.S. and Guest Workers: the Recruitment and Employment of Temporary Foreign Labor.” Representative George Miller called the hearing, in part to discuss his bill (H.R. 1763) on labor recruiter accountability. The hearing mostly discussed broad points of immigration reform.

New York, New York May 15, 2007

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Dr. Jorge Bustamante, is currently finishing up an official fact-finding visit to the United States. As the UN expert on migration, he is meeting with government officials, NGOs, and migrants to evaluate the state of migrant protections in the United States. He has traveled to California, Arizona, Florida, Atlanta, New York and will finish in Washington, D.C. Although most of the visit has been quite smooth, he was inexcusably denied entry to two immigration detention centers.

San Cristóbal de la Casas, Chiapas, México August 25, 2007

Global Workers came to Mexico for over two weeks to launch the programs in Southern Mexico. The first few days were spent in Mexico City strengthening relationships with human rights organizations. For the next two weeks, Global Workers focused on the southernmost state of Chiapas. Using San Cristóbal as a base for the northern region of the state, Global Workers made an effort to meet with as many groups as possible working in Human Rights.

Guatemala, Guatemala April 21, 2007

As a result of the positive feedback from the Ministry of Labor training described in the April 10 entry, the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MFR) requested Global Workers to repeat the training on the USA guest worker program for its senior staff. The Ministry plays a complementary and additional role in the protection of Guatemalan migrants. Due to diplomatic protocol, the Ministry of Labor must work through the Ministry of Foreign Relations in order to address any problems with a foreign state (e.g. asking the US consulate to cooperate to reduce problems with the guest worker program).

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