Mexico City, Mexico - April 25

Mexico Program Director, Griselda Vega was at the presentation of the Instituto de Estudios y Divulgacion sobre Migracion A.C. (INEDIM)'s newest publication, Quo Vadis – Recruitment and Contracting of Migrant Workers and their Access to Social Security.  The report is a follow-up to their original analysis of six temporary worker programs throughout Central and North America – Respecting the Will to Work: a foundation for rights-based temporary migration programs. The latter report looks at whether these temporary workers have access and guarantees to social and labor protections in their home country or the country of employment.  The presentation brought together various Mexican government officials from the Foreign Ministry, Department of Labor, academics, and non-profit advocates from Mexico primarily, but also from Central America.  The overall consensus was that there is lack of information and access to the limited social and labor resources/protections in the various countries. Additionally, the lack of oversight by governments in the recruitment process, during employment, and access to justice upon workers return were were also underscored.  

Positive aspects of some of the programs were also highlighted in the report and during the presentation, such as the Mexico-Canada PTAT program - a bilateral agreement that maintains at least a level of transparency which many of the other programs lack. However, worker advocates were quick to point out that the PTAT program cannot be seen as the model because it is filled with problems and workers have little to no access to any labor protections neither in Canada or Mexico.  The presentation concluded with one of the academics pointing out that while the report was cutting- edge in that it is one of the first reports that looks at the issue of temporary worker programs from a regional perspective, the two primary parties involved – the employer and the worker – were not involved in either the discussion or in the investigation.  To truly have a holistic and comprehensive discussion, these parties need to be involved. This report was meant to be the beginning of the discussion towards a better understanding and potentially some improvements. 

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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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