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Tegucigalpa, Honduras - October 22

Cathleen Caron, Executive Director, has travelled twice to Honduras as she expands Global Workers to additional countries in Central America. The first visit was to the country’s capital, Tegucigalpa. In the capital she met with over nine non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government representatives to start the process of identifying organizations to join the growing Global Workers Defender Network, and learn about the migration challenges in Honduras. Honduras is a complicated country. While drug trafficking has caused a high level of violence for many years, the 2009 coup d’état has caused this country to teeter on the edge of a completely failed state. The level of political violence, manifested in assassinations of human rights activist and journalists, has reached levels worse than Guatemala, the historically violent country to the north currently presided over by a general accused of genocide. In this context, it is no surprise that Honduran nationals migrate (flee, really) more than any other Central American.

San Salvador, El Salvador - October 5

Cathleen Caron visited San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, to learn about migration issues specific to this country and identify organizations to invite to the New Defender Training scheduled for February 2013. El Salvador is a small and highly organized country, providing fewer challenges to set up the Defender Network. Over the course of one week, Cathleen held more than 10 meetings with 16 persons from various non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations, and government representatives from El Salvador and the U.S.

Chinandega, Nicaragua - September 24

Cathleen travelled to Chinandega, a northwest pacific coastal state on the Honduras border, to meet with several organizations. Chinandega is known for its vast peanut and cotton plantations as well as cattle ranches and increasingly, shrimp farms. This state is also where Nicaraguans return after they have been picked up in Mexico on their way to the U.S. A bus comes approximately twice a month to drop them at the border. Reportedly, it is also known as a state with a high rate of human trafficking.

Estelí, Nicaragua - September 12

Estelí is the state just east of Chinandega and is another Honduras border state. Estelí is a mountainous region home to coffee and tobacco, and is a source of migrants to Costa Rica and the U.S. In 2004, a local network of organizations formed to address migration issues. It was the local affiliate of the national Nicaraguan Civil Society Network for Migration (Red Nica). Founded in 2002, Red Nica at one point had over 40 organizations and individuals affiliated. Over the years, however, the network has transformed and now has approximately 10 members. Despite the lower numbers, it continues to have political significance and leads migration policy advocacy in Nicaragua.

Managua, Nicaragua - September 1

Executive Director, Cathleen Caron, arrived in Nicaragua at the end of August to expand Global Workers’ operations to Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras. Based out of Managua, Nicaragua’s capital city, she will travel extensively in the region over the next six months to learn about the dynamics of international migration and identify organizations that want to work with us to defend the rights of transnational workers.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - August 2

Day Three - 3rd New Defender Training

The final day of the 3rd New Defender Training began with a presentation on the work of the organization and the structure and function of the Global Workers Defender Network. This was our opportunity to secure the defenders' commitment to join, reiterate the importance of the network model for achieving portable justice, and further fuel their enthusiasm for the work.

Mexico City, Mexico - July 31

Day Two - 3rd New Defender Training

On this second day, Defenders were once again treated to a guest trainer, Matt Adams from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, who conducted the module on Immigration. This was by far the most popular amongst the advocates, which only highlights the urgency of this issue at a transnational level.

Mexico City, Mexico - July 30

Welcome Reception and Day One

Today marks the beginning of the 3rd New Defender Training. Over 30 advocates from 16 human rights organizations from Mexico are arriving in Mexico City, Mexico. It is the first country-specific New Defender Training to date, and is symbolic of the growth the Newtork has been able to achieve in the past couple of years. With this training, the Global Workers Defender Network is poised to double the numbre of defender organizations in Mexico alone.

Washington, D.C. - June 9

Global Workers Launches Visas, Inc.

Replacing future immigrants and Americans with temporary foreign workers

Congressional Briefing at Senate Russell Building

Washington, D.C. - June 6

Global Workers Launches Visas, Inc. 

Replacing future immigrants and Americans with temporary foreign workers

Economic Policy Institute

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