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Antigua, Guatemala April 12, 2012

The final day of the Global Workers Defender Network Forum - Guatemala was devoted to strategic planning. Each year the identity and work of the Defender Network has come into sharper focus as the organizations become more experienced and immersed in the theme of labor migration abroad, while we correspondingly adjust the model to the local realities. One of the Defenders from the state of Quiche summarized it nicely, “Each year our feet are more solidly planted on the ground.”

Antigua, Guatemala April 11, 2012

Guatemala Defender Forum – Day Two

Antigua, Guatemala April 10, 2012

Guatemala Defender Forum – Day One

Oaxaca, Mexico February 28, 2012

2nd Defender Network Forum – Day Two

Day Two of the forum was a shorter day, and included a technical training on Microsoft Excel, a presentation from the Instituto Oaxaqueño de Atención al Migrante (IOAM), a summary of Global Workers current programs involving the network, and a strategy session.

Oaxaca, Mexico February 27, 2012

2nd Defender Network Forum – Day One

Oaxaca, Mexico February 26, 2012

2nd Defender Forum – Inaugural event

Global Workers conducted its first training on U.S. employment laws in 2008. As we expanded in Guatemala and Mexico we held a second training in 2010. Now that we are growing into additional states in Mexico, it becomes that much more important to prepare our existing network within Mexico for this growth, and discuss with them what this means for increasing efforts in the country to combat transnational worker exploitation.

Guatemala City, Guatemala - February 14, 2012

Temporary Worker Conference Day Three: Strategy Day
 
The Guatemala Temporary Worker Conference wrapped up today with a closed-door meeting for advocates and a press conference.
 

Guatemala City, Guatemala - February 13, 2012

Temporary Worker Conference Day Two
 
Day two of the conference, an open session, gave advocates, government officials, and academics the opportunity to learn about the various temporary worker programs in Guatemala. The day opened with a panel composed of Guatemalan government officials and civil society members.  This space provoked a lively discussion on why the issue of temporary workers had yet to receive much attention and encouraged the panelists to pledge to address the issue more deeply. 
 

Guatemala City, Guatemala - February 12, 2012

Temporary Worker Conference Day One
 
Day one of the conference began with organizers Diego Lorente, PCS, Lucrecia Olivia, CRS, Andrea Galvez, UFCW Canada, and Cathleen Caron, Global Workers welcoming the participants and sharing the goals of the day and gratitude for the great turnout of 60+ workers participating to share their experiences. 

Guatemala City, Guatemala - February 11, 2012

Temporary Worker Conference Prep
 
The Global Workers team gears up for the first Guatemalan Temporary Worker Conference starting tomorrow, February 12, 2012.  The conference is organized by Project Counseling Services , Catholic Relief Services , Global Workers Justice Alliance, and the United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada. 
 

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