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Guatemala, Guatemala - June 3, 2015

Training to Guatemala overnment agencies: “U.S temporary work visas system: process, legal framework; and international recruitment”
 
In a unprecedented event, Global Workers convened the Guatemalan Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a one-day training to their personnel on “U.S temporary work visas system: process, legal framework; and international recruitment.”
 

New York, New York - May 1, 2015

H-2B Visa Regulations

On April 29, 2015 the Department of Labor, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, issued long awaited regulations to greatly improve protections for persons coming to the U.S. on H-2B visas to work in temporary, seasonal jobs. As the program is currently constituted, labor trafficking flourished and foreign and U.S. workers alike frequently suffered from depressed wages and exploitative conditions. We applaud the government’s actions.

El Salvador & Guatemala - April 21-23, 2015

Recruitment Regulations in Countries of Origin and in Countries of Employment: presentations and discussion 
 

New York, New York - March 31, 2015

H-2B Visa Regulations

Now is time for the Department of Labor (DOL) to take bold action to reduce the chronic exploitation in the H-2B temporary visa program. Prompted by years of advocacy by Global Workers and many other organizations across the country, in 2012, the DOL issued new regulations to address many of the abuses documented by Global Workers and others. The reaction from the business community against these protections was swift and fierce. A few employers sued DOL claiming that it had no legal authority to regulate the H-2B program at all, which lead the court to temporarily enjoin or halt the implementation of the new regulations. Additionally, some businesses community members turned to Congress and successfully advocated for two years in a row to prohibit DOL from spending money on enforcing the new regulations.

Online - December 2, 2014

President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration, announced on November 20, 2014, attempts to fix various aspects of our broken immigration system. The Executive Action has received much attention in Spanish language media and throughout Latin America. With that in mind, Global Workers conducted an online training for members of the Global Workers Defender Network to provide accurate and timely information. The training, led by Staff Attorney & Legal Manager Nan Schivone, explained the concept of an executive action and reviewed the benefits and limitations of deferred action relief with the defenders so that they are able to share accurate information with their communities, correct misunderstandings, and prevent recruitment abuse and visa fraud.

Guatemala City, Guatemala – November 19-20, 2014

II International Temporary Labor Migration Forum
 

Arlington, Virginia - November 12 to 14, 2014

Global Workers Justice Alliance participated in the National Farmworker Law Conference in Arlington, Virginia from November 12-14. Sponsored by National Legal Aid Defenders Association (NLADA) and coordinated by Farmworker Justice, the conference brought together over 150 advocates from across the United States.
 

Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico - October 28, 2014

International Law Symposium: "Migration: Different Views"

More than 150 law students attended the event to learn about temporary migrant workers, recruitment, and migration journeys at the panel "Jornadas de Derecho Internacional - La Migracion: Distintas Miradas” (International Law Symposium: "Migration: Different Views" ) organized by the Law School at the University of Veracruz in coordination with the State Human Rights Commission (CEDH).

Mexico City, Mexico – July 25, 2014

Recruitment Agency Regulations: Panel and Press conference

In coordination with allied organizations Catholic Relief Services, Jornaleros-SAFE, and Instituto de Estudios y Divulgación sobre Imigración (INEDIM), Global Workers Justice Alliance organized a day event to present the report “Reglamento de Agencias de Colocación de Trabajadores”, an analysis of the new recruitment agencies regulations in Mexico.

The first part of the event was a panel to discuss the challenges and violations workers suffer during the recruitment process. Along with Scalabrinianas: Misión para Migrantes y Refugiados, Centro de Derechos del Migrante, and ProDESC representatives, Cathleen Caron took part of this panel to present Global Workers Justice Alliance’s work, facts of the H2 visa program, and two fraud case studies to show how recruiters take advantage of workers applying to the temporary worker program.

In the second panel, Defender Network members Isabel Ramos and Cesar Alvarez participated with representatives of INEDIM and Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes. The panel discussed the impact of the reforms to Article 28 of the Federal Labor Law on the new recruitment agency regulation, as well as report findings and its impact on the recruitment process.

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