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Huehuetenango, Guatemala April 17, 2007

Global Workers traveled to the northwest state of Huehuetenango, the biggest migrant-sending state, to strengthen contacts with lawyers willing to collaborate with the program and identify some new ones. The goal is to have two advocates from three Guatemalan states selected for the initial training, which will likely occur in September. With the newly empowered advocate network trained and in place, Global Workers will be able to facilitate a heavy case load of labor cases for Guatemalan migrants.

Guatemala, Guatemala April 13, 2007

Global Workers recently learned of the brutal murder of a US union organizer in Mexico on April 9. After wining an historic contract with the North Carolina Growers Association (NCGA), the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) opened an office in Monterrey, Mexico to administer the contract for the Mexican guest workers hired by the NCGA. On Monday, organizer Santiago Rafael Cruz was beaten to death in FLOC’s office. Apparently, FLOC staff had previously received death threats. More details can be found on www.floc.com .

Guatemala, Guatemala April 11, 2007

Further reflections on the Ministry of Labor training.

Guatemala, Guatemala April 10, 2007

The Guatemalan Ministry of Labor invited Global Workers to train its senior staff and regional directors on the USA guest worker program. Concerned about the abuses in the program, the Ministry of Labor needs to understand how the program works in order to combat the exploitative recruitment practices that occur on Guatemalan soil (many documented in previous blog entries) before the workers leave for the USA. The training focused on the logistics of the H-2 program, abuses both in the USA and Guatemala and the development of a plan of action.

March 19, 2007

The chronic and pervasive fraud on the US government must stop. The H2 guest worker program is riddled with deceit of workers and the government. Relying on the good will of the employer is not an acceptable regulatory scheme. Workers are being exploited on a daily basis and we are doing very little to stop it. In fact, the government may expand the program with little reform to curb the current problems.

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