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Interview with Board Member, Gretchen Kuhner

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. Since that first day, Gretchen embraced our work and has been behind Global Workers every step of the way. In recognition of her pivotal role for Global Workers in Mexico, we invited her to join our board.

Gretchen has worked for more than a decade on women’s rights and migration related issues in Mexico, as a private consultant and as a staff member with Without Borders, Sin Fronteras, a Mexican NGO that defends the rights of migrants, refugees and their families. She is well tuned into the Mexican political and social dynamics and thus a valuable resource for Global Workers because of the connections she has developed in Mexico and the nature of her work.
 
Gretchen’s newly founded organization, the Institute for Women in Migration, is building a binational network between U.S. based NGOs that assists victims of human trafficking with legal processes and Mexican advocates that work on preventing trafficking. Oftentimes, U.S. organizations have access to a wealth of information from where victims originate to the modus operandi of human traffickers. This helps Mexican organizations identity patterns and locate cases, thus enabling them to focus their efforts on preventing trafficking on specific geographical areas. Another project of the Institute for Women in Migration addresses the need to educate women on how to migrate and transit in a safe manner. Women and children are the most vulnerable of being trafficked while migrating.

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