U.S. - Canada Civil Society Consultation for United Nations High-Level Dialogue
Executive Director, Cathleen Caron traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the United States-Canada regional civil society consultation in preparation for the United Nation’s High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD). The meeting in D.C. was one of seven regional “civil society” consultations occurring across the globe. Defender Network member, Maria Mayela Blanco Ramirez from the Dimension Pastoral de la Movilidad Humana (DPMH) in Mexico City, attended the consultation in Mexico last month. The AFL-CIO hosted the “Beyond Borders: How can we work inside and outside the UN to advance migrant’s rights?”, a consultation aimed at addressing the absence of a human rights agenda in the government discussions.
Cathleen’s presentation was on day three as part of the panel “Counsel Beware: Laws Do Extend beyond Borders - Investigations, Discovery and Privilege.” She shared the presenter’s table with a U.S. lawyer based in France representing U.S. companies, an English lawyer in London working in-house for a U.S. company, and an employee-side English lawyer in England. It was a diverse group but the very experienced moderator, Gary Siniscalco, expertly weaved it all together.
American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law
International Labor & Employment Law Committee
Executive Director, Cathleen Caron, spent one week in Rome as a guest of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Labor & Employment Law International Labor & Employment Law Committee during its Mid-year meeting. This ABA section brings together U.S. lawyers who represent employers, employees and unions—all sides.
This Friday morning brought the majority of the Jornaleros-SAFE team together in Mexico City for the project wrap-up. Advocates from all over Mexico and the U.S. arrived to discuss highlights, lessons learned, and thoughts on the last three years.
Mexico Program Director, Griselda Vega was at the presentation of the Instituto de Estudios y Divulgacion sobre Migracion A.C. (INEDIM)'s newest publication, Quo Vadis – Recruitment and Contracting of Migrant Workers and their Access to Social Security. The report is a follow-up to their original analysis of six temporary worker programs throughout Central and North America – Respecting the Will to Work: a foundation for rights-based temporary migration programs.
The mission of the Global Workers Justice Alliance is to combat worker exploitation by promoting portable justice for transnational migrants through a cross-border network of worker advocates and resources.
Global Workers coined the term portable justice to describe the right and ability of transnational migrant workers to access justice in the countries of employment even after they have departed for their home countries.