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Global Workers helps daughter of murdered international union organizer

Gilberto Soto, a union organizer in New Jersey of the Teamster’s Port Division, was carrying out a campaign to build a solidarity network between transportation unions and workers across much of the Americas when he was assassinated in November of 2004, outside his parents’ home in his native El Salvador. Gilberto organized thousands of truck drivers at ports from Newark to Boston, and it was suspected that his murder was part of a concerted effort to throttle union activity in El Salvador.

Following his murder, the union reached out to Soto’s family to provide them the benefits they were due. After years of unsuccessful efforts to find one of Soto’s daughters in Mexico, Soto’s former supervisor was ready to give up when he reached out to Global Workers for help. In collaboration with the Dimensión Pastoral de la Movilidad Humana (Pastoral Dimension of Human Mobility), Global Workers was able to locate Soto’s daughter within weeks to explain that she had benefits to collect and possibly other rights, such as U.S. citizenship. It was thanks to the work of Global Workers’ Staff Attorney, Griselda Vega, and the DPMH’s Catholic nun who tracked her down, that she finally allowed us to step in to make the crucial link back to the case in New Jersey. A year after Global Workers located Soto’s daughter, portable justice was served, and she received all the benefits she was owed.

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