Abril 2007

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Guatemala, Guatemala April 10, 2007

The Guatemalan Ministry of Labor invited Global Workers to train its senior staff and regional directors on the USA guest worker program. Concerned about the abuses in the program, the Ministry of Labor needs to understand how the program works in order to combat the exploitative recruitment practices that occur on Guatemalan soil (many documented in previous blog entries) before the workers leave for the USA. The training focused on the logistics of the H-2 program, abuses both in the USA and Guatemala and the development of a plan of action.

Guatemala, Guatemala April 11, 2007

Further reflections on the Ministry of Labor training.

Guatemala, Guatemala April 13, 2007

Global Workers recently learned of the brutal murder of a US union organizer in Mexico on April 9. After wining an historic contract with the North Carolina Growers Association (NCGA), the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) opened an office in Monterrey, Mexico to administer the contract for the Mexican guest workers hired by the NCGA. On Monday, organizer Santiago Rafael Cruz was beaten to death in FLOC’s office. Apparently, FLOC staff had previously received death threats. More details can be found on www.floc.com .

Huehuetenango, Guatemala April 17, 2007

Global Workers traveled to the northwest state of Huehuetenango, the biggest migrant-sending state, to strengthen contacts with lawyers willing to collaborate with the program and identify some new ones. The goal is to have two advocates from three Guatemalan states selected for the initial training, which will likely occur in September. With the newly empowered advocate network trained and in place, Global Workers will be able to facilitate a heavy case load of labor cases for Guatemalan migrants.

Guatemala, Guatemala April 21, 2007

As a result of the positive feedback from the Ministry of Labor training described in the April 10 entry, the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MFR) requested Global Workers to repeat the training on the USA guest worker program for its senior staff. The Ministry plays a complementary and additional role in the protection of Guatemalan migrants. Due to diplomatic protocol, the Ministry of Labor must work through the Ministry of Foreign Relations in order to address any problems with a foreign state (e.g. asking the US consulate to cooperate to reduce problems with the guest worker program).

San Cristóbal de la Casas, Chiapas, México August 25, 2007

Global Workers came to Mexico for over two weeks to launch the programs in Southern Mexico. The first few days were spent in Mexico City strengthening relationships with human rights organizations. For the next two weeks, Global Workers focused on the southernmost state of Chiapas. Using San Cristóbal as a base for the northern region of the state, Global Workers made an effort to meet with as many groups as possible working in Human Rights.

Noticias

"Tribunal canadiense ordena a empresa indemnizar a trabajadoras mexicanas" (fuente: La Jornada)

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA: Guatemala, Guatemala - Hoy Global Workers Justice Alliance, la Pastoral de Movilidad Humana de la Conferencia Episcopal de Guatemala y La Oficina de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado de Guatemala hacer saber al publico nacional e internacional de la apropiación irregular de títulos de propiedad por parte de reclutadores de trabajadores migrantes temporales, con el informe "Confiscación de Títulos de Propiedad en Guatemala por parte de reclutadores en Programas de Trabajadores Temporales con Visas H-2B". Sigue el enlace para acceder el comunicado completo:

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