2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (ICRMW). However, not a single member state of the European Union, United States, or Canada has ratified this important international human rights instrument. Learn more about why this is the slowest convention ever to enter into force.
For the first time in history, Canada opened its doors to more foreigners to work on temporary visas than to immigrants. The dramatic shift means that Canada will increasingly rely on temporary laborers to work its fields and its factories instead of welcoming foreigners to stay and integrate into Canadian society. As the temporary programs grow exponentially, so have the complaints from workers about abuses. After more than two years of intermittent case work and advocacy, Global Workers has decided to officially launch a Canada program.
Global Workers is very excited to welcome Gretchen Kuhner to our Board of Directors. Gretchen is the Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Migration (Instituto para mujeres en migración), a NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) based in Mexico City, Mexico. Gretchen has known Executive Director, Cathleen Caron, through the work on migration. Gretchen met our Executive Director in July 2005 when Cathleen was making her first trip to Mexico to meet leaders in the field of migration in Mexico.
Howard Langer is one of the nation’s top anti-trust lawyers with over 20 years of experience litigating price-fixing by multi-national corporations. He recently joined the Global Workers Board of Directors.
"David Carliner was a tremendous advocate for human rights. He was ahead of his time and met incredible resistant for the work he did. We have all benefitted from his courageous work. What an honor to be bestowed an award by his family." Cathleen Caron
Global Workers and AMARC-Mexico, (Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarios-Mexico) have recently joined forces to work on an exciting outreach program that will provide thousands of migrants, know-your-rights information, as well as, updates on various other labor and immigration issues, within the comfort of their own homes – through their home radios! AMARC is a network of community radio stations in 10 Mexican states (Michoacán, Jalisco, Zacatecas, Sonora, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Estado de México, Puebla and México City).
Global Workers congratulates Executive Director, Cathleen Caron, for receiving the Peter Cicchino Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest from the American University Washington College of Law. Cathleen won the award for her commitment to and creative service in the public interest, in the category for Alumnae Involved in International Work. The law school will honor her at the 11th Annual Peter Cicchino Public Service Awards dinner on April 13.
The U.S. has an agricultural guestworker program called the H-2A program. This program allows employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to apply for visas to bring nonimmigrant foreign workers (such as Mexicans, Guatemalans, Indians, etc.) to the U.S. for agricultural work or temporary or seasonal services. There is no limit to the number of visas granted annually under the H-2A. There are three different federal agencies that oversee the program, and the three agencies have different figures. See U.S.
Dartmouth College will honor Global Workers' Executive Director, Cathleen Caron, with the Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award for Ongoing Commitment. The awards ceremony will be held on January 29, 2010 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Awards honor members of the Dartmouth and Upper Valley (the area surrounding Dartmouth) community who have contributed significantly to social justice, peace, civil rights, education, public health, or environmental justice.
The mission of the Global Workers Justice Alliance is to combat worker exploitation by promoting portable justice for transnational migrants through a cross-border network of worker advocates and resources.
Global Workers coined the term portable justice to describe the right and ability of transnational migrant workers to access justice in the countries of employment even after they have departed for their home countries.