This month celebrates International Migrants Day on December 18, commemorating the day in 1990 when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. The tradition began after Filipino and other Asian migrant communities began using the day to celebrate international solidarity with migrants.
For four years in a row, Jose traveled from Guatemala to work on a farm in Quebec, Canada. Jose was one of thousands of farmworkers who are recruited each year to work the fields of Canada. For years Jose and his co-workers suffered verbal abuse while performing back-breaking work but never complained for fear of losing their jobs.
After several years, Global Workers has given itself a facelift with the launch of a brand new website highlighting how far our organization has come in the last few years. In "Our Work" you can view some of our past successes with summaries of cases Global Workers has facilitated. To better get to know the people who make our work possible, we invite you to read about our Defender Network, under "For Advocates." These pages are complete with pictures of our Defenders and an interactive map to see where each of our Defenders are located.
In recognition of its unique work, Global Workers was invited to enter the Ashoka/Changemakers global anti-trafficking competition, Ending Global Slavery: Everyday Heroes Leading the Way. The competition featured innovative projects from around the world that combat human trafficking in creative and profound ways. We were one of 12 finalists out of the 435 organizational entries. In honoring us, the international panel of judges noted that Global Workers
Executive Director Cathleen Caron spoke at the conference Realizing the American Dream? Contemporary Challenges Facing H2-B Guest Workers and their Advocates, hosted by the International Human Rights Clinic's Immigrants' Rights Division of American University's Washington College of Law.
Executive Director Cathleen Caron spoke at the Freedom Network's 2009 Human Trafficking Conference,Modern Day Slavery: Conference on Human Trafficking – Increasing awareness, assisting victims, prosecuting the perpetrators, serving the survivors on the panel, Understanding the Intersection of Migration and Exploitation: Ways to Prevent Human Trafficking and Slavery.
The Labor and Employment Law Program of Cornell University's ILR School, the International Commission for Labor Rights, and the Global Worker Justice Alliance joined together to develop a five-session webinar series that explored cutting-edge legal principles and strategies in workers' rights. The webinar format allowed lawyers all over the country to participate in seminars and was led by 15 leaders in the field of international labor law.
Global Workers, in partnership with Cornell University’s Industrial & Labor Relations and the International Commission for Labor Rights, presented a Continuing Legal Education event featuring Bill Gould, former chairman of the NLRB followed by a wine and cheese reception and fundraiser. Professor Gould spoke on the privatization of labor law in a globalized context, and implications for future reform, discussing for the first time some of his work on recent NLRB cases.
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.