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Choluteca, Honduras - Februrary 26

New Defender Training in Central America – Day Three

The final day explored in detail the goals, commitments, and activities of the Global Workers Defender Network. The framework we launched in 2008 has matured and evolved as we have expanded the Network to more regions.

Choluteca, Honduras - Februrary 25

New Defender Training in Central America – Day Two

Day Two of the training ambitiously covered numerous topics including: wage and hour laws (i.e. basic minimum wage issues), workplace health and safety, unions, farmworkers, and human trafficking. The day also included a first for us, one virtual session led by an immigration lawyer in Seattle via GoToWebinar. Each session included exercises to help the participants understand and apply the law, including: a True and False foot race on comparative legal systems, a game of Jeopardy to identify safety violations in the workplace, and a version of Balderdash to discern false answers on the H-2 visa. The fun activities kept the participants actively engaged.

Choluteca, Honduras - Februrary 24

New Defender Training in Central America – Day One

35 human rights advocates from Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the United States gathered in Choluteca, Honduras, a small town in the farm belt of southern Honduras, for the first day of the Fourth Global Workers Defender Network Training. Some participants travelled more than eleven hours to make it to the event.

San Salvador, El Salvador - January 29

A final meeting with an international organization caused Cathleen to reflect on the method of our approach.  Each country has a small core group of organizations that work on migration issues—usually a mix of policy, research, and social services.  What she saw unique about our work was that we were bringing to the table experts on the substantive area of law—labor.  Apparently, issues related to migration are relegated to the small group of migration advocates regardless of the underlying issue.

San Salvador, El Salvador - January 28

The last leg of Cathleen Caron’s trip was to El Salvador.  She had follow-up meetings with some groups to confirm their participation in the New Defender Training scheduled for the end of February and made some new contacts as well.
 

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"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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