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Guatemala City, Guatemala - March 19, 2014

Meetings with U.S. Embassy, and the Guatemalan Public Ministry and Department of Labor
 
Meeting with the U.S. Embassy 
 
Defender Network members Aroldo Palacios from Huehuetenango and Waldemar Barrera from Zacapa joined Cathleen and Omar to meet with U.S. Embassy representatives. 
 
Seizing the opportunity, Aroldo presented information from Confiscation of Property Titles in Guatemala, the Global Workers report that highlights case examples of the unlawful practice of appropriation of property titles by recruiters of temporary migrant workers. Collaboration with the U.S. Embassy to identify fraudulent recruiters is indispensable in thwarting this practice and preventing more workers - who unwittingly put up their properties as collateral to obtain a work visa - from falling victim.
 
The U.S. Embassy once again invited Global Workers to participate in their fraud prevention campaign,  coordinated with the Consejo Nacional de Atención al Migrante-CONAMIGUA. Through this campaign, defenders from different regions in Guatemala will share information on temporary workers’ rights, visa fraud prevention, and potentially identify fraud cases. 
 
Meeting with the Public Ministry in Guatemala
 
Victor Carrozino from the UFCW-Canada joined Cathleen, Omar, and defenders Aroldo and Waldemar at a meeting with Ministerio Publico-MP, the Guatemalan Department of Justice. 
 
Representatives from three fiscal units, the liaison unit, and a prosecutor participated in the meeting.  
For the first time, the MP is actively investigating recruitment fraud cases in Guatemala. As the investigations move forward, they are finding more and more victims. The MP requested that Global Workers and UFCW provide trainings to the prosecutors and investigators on U.S. and Canada programs, to work better on these cases and to understand how the temporary worker visa program works.
 
The collaboration with the MP is extremely important to reducing fraud cases. Global Workers gladly joins the MP in this effort. 
 
Meeting with the Guatemalan Department of Labor 
 
Cathleen, Omar, Victor from the UFCW-Canada, and defenders, met with the Ministerio del Trabajo-MINTRAB, Congressman Paul Briere, President of the Migrant Commission, and a representative of CONAMIGUA. 
 
MINTRAB is working on regulation of recruitment agencies in Guatemala. This is the very first effort to regulate recruitment agency activities in the country. The proposed regulation will require recruitment agencies and individuals to comply with a series of requirements, and will prevent recruiters from exploiting temporary workers applying to work in U.S. or Canada. 
 
Global Workers and the UFCW are working to provide a review of the proposed regulations to MINTRAB and coordinate with the agency on further activities for their implementation.  
 

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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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