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Naples, Florida February 28, 2007

Global Workers was invited to speak on portable justice issues to the American Bar Association Worker’s Compensation Committee Meeting in Naples, Florida. Facing a room full of workers compensation claimants attorneys, insurance defense lawyers, and judges, it was a unique opportunity to encourage them to embrace, not reject transnational claims.

Guatemala, Guatemala January 31, 2007

Not willing to accept that the US embassy could not take more affirmative steps to reduce the problems in the H2 program, Global Workers obtained a follow-up meeting with more senior officials. This time the meeting had more positive results. Global Workers met with the current US ambassador, Consul General, and the Labor Attaché. The Consul General was very knowledgeable of the problems and was open to creatively addressing them.

Chiquimula, Guatemala January 29, 2007

Global Workers went to Chiquimula to follow-up with the H-2B workers involved in the litigation against the Brickman Group, a Maryland based national landscaping company (see previous blog entries for more details). Interrogatories (written questions) were served upon the Guatemala clients in December. The Global Workers local partner coordinated with Friends of Farmworkers based in Pennsylvania to successfully complete the interrogatories. A small but important example of efficient transnational litigation through cross border collaboration.

San Salvador, El Salvador January 27, 2007

Global Workers traveled to El Salvador to lay the groundwork to launch programs in this country. One of the most fascinating parts of the program development is understanding the differences between the countries and how this affects the structure of the project in that country. El Salvador is a small, densely populated country. Out of the almost 7 million residents, it is estimated that 2.5 million live in the United States.

Guatemala, Guatemala January 25, 2007

While here in Guatemala, Global Workers met with US consular officials to discuss ongoing problems with the H2 guestworker program and how the embassy could take measures to curb the exploitation. The meeting had mixed results. While on the one hand consular officials quickly rattle off the myriad problems with the program, they fear taking even small measures that would in any way be interpreted as impeding US business interests. Granted, the embassy has limited ability to control the H2 program.

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