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Buenos Aires, Argentina - June 9 to 13, 2014

Migración, Derechos Humans y Políticas Públicas
(Migration, Human Rights, and Public Policy)
 
Global Workers Justice Alliance was invited to a conference of Latin American human rights practitioners in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Global Workers Legal Manager, Nan Schivone, attended the June 9-13 event on behalf of the organization to discuss strategies to tackle some of the most severe problems facing migrants in the region.
 
Sponsored by the Buenos Aires-based nongovernmental organizations Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales, the Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Nacional de Lanús, and la Comisión de Apoyo a Refugiados y Migrantes, the conference brought together more than 60 individuals, representing civil society organizations, labor unions, academia, international organizations and government agencies from all over the Americas. Among the participants were lawyers from the Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador, a member of the Global Workers Defender Network.
 
During the five-day conference, the diverse group discussed a range of human rights issues related to international migration in the region. Major themes included immigration detention abuse and labor rights violations. Participants shared their current policy advocacy and legal action projects. Small work groups were also convened in which members planned a transnational approach to core issues, including strategic litigation.
 
Nan Schivone addressed the group about temporary migration to the United States and Canada, giving examples of common labor violations and describing Global Workers Justice Alliance’s innovative model of portable justice through cross-border collaboration with the Defender Network.  For her part, Mrs. Schivone learned from other participants about employment-based migration to other countries and the barriers that migrant workers face in accessing justice throughout the region. The conference helped develop new and strengthen existing relationships among stakeholders in the region and provided a regional forum to help advance present and future work, including strategic litigation.

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