Washington, D.C. - June 7

U.S. - Canada Civil Society Consultation for United Nations High-Level Dialogue
Executive Director, Cathleen Caron traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the United States-Canada regional civil society consultation in preparation for the United Nation’s High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD). Cathleen attended the very first HLD,  held in September 2006, just as Global Workers was launching. The Secretary General at the time was concerned that the United Nations was not paying attention to the issue of labor migration and in its resolution on December 23, 2003, the General Assembly decided to devote a “high-level dialogue” to international migration and development at the UN in New York during its sixty-first session. Member States, or Governments, responded by establishing a follow-up mechanism, the Global Forum on Migration and Development, completely independent of the UN system.  The GFMD meets annually and has virtually no civil society involvement, beyond a limited “shared space” at the event   Seven years later, the United Nations is once again bringing member states together to discuss migration and development and to determine what role, if any, the UN will play in the global scene on this issue.
Civil Society Informal Interactive Hearings will be held July 15,  and the High-Level Dialogue plenary sessions will take place October 3-4 of this year.  Immediately prior to both events, NGOs and other civil society members (i.e. not government officials) will host “shadow” events. 
The meeting in D.C. was one of seven regional “civil society” consultations occurring across the globe.  Defender Network member, Maria Mayela Blanco Ramirez from the Dimension Pastoral de la Movilidad Humana (DPMH) in Mexico City,  attended the consultation in Mexico last month. 
The AFL-CIO hosted the “Beyond Borders: How can we work inside and outside the UN to advance migrant’s rights?”, a consultation aimed at addressing the absence of a human rights agenda in the government discussions. Though the governments now touch on it (in 2006 we were explicitly instructed not to raise the term "human rights" if we wanted to be effective advocates), it is still woefully short of adequate.  Migrant workers are suffering an alarming rate of abuses across the globe that only seem to be worsening, not improving.  For that reason, advocates - including Global Workers - feel it is crucial that human rights be central to all discussions on migration and development.  In an effort to narrow the agenda and widen the impact, various groups developed a five-year action plan and a five-point agenda to focus the advocacy at the HLD
The day concluded with a meeting with the U.S. Department of State representatives who are coordinating the U.S. delegation to the HLD.  Cathleen had the opportunity to voice the need to inject portable justice into the discussions. She urged the U.S. representatives to understand that they cannot promote temporary foreign worker visa programs without providing mechanisms for redress for workers that go home. The intervention was well-received but certainly much more advocacy is required to instill portable justice into the government dialogue.

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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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