Global Workers critiques Mexican government on portable justice issues.
Global Workers, in collaboration with the American University, Washington College of Law, Immigrant Justice Clinic submitted a report to the UN Committee on Migrant Workers, critiquing Mexico’s track record on portable justice for migrant workers. The Committee is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. Countries that have signed onto the convention must submit a report every five years on the legislative, judicial, administrative and other measures they have taken to give effect to the provisions of the Convention, and then undergo review by The Committee. Mexico was up for review this April 2011. During the 14th Session that took place this April, the Committee considered the recommendations submitted by Global Workers and the IJC, which focus on two major issues that Mexico needs to address:
(1) The consequences of the lack of portable justice for Mexican migrant workers.
(2) The concerns surrounding the H-2 Visa Program administered by the U.S. government.
Global Workers recently learned of about 25 Mexican nationals in the state of Guanajuato that had been swindled by a “recruiter” who charged them $2000 pesos each to “process the visa application.” The workers never saw that “recruiter” again, were not reimbursed, nor given back their passports. Had they been provided with the pre-departure information required by Article 37, they would have known that these types of costs are to be borne by the employer and not by the employees.
Read the report submitted by Global Workers and IJC regarding Mexico’s Second Periodic Review.