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Mexico City, Mexico – July 25, 2014

Recruitment Agency Regulations: Panel and Press conference
 
In coordination with allied organizations Catholic Relief Services, Jornaleros-SAFE, and Instituto de Estudios y Divulgación sobre Imigración (INEDIM),  Global Workers Justice Alliance organized a day event to present the report “Reglamento de Agencias de Colocación de Trabajadores”, an analysis of the new recruitment agencies regulations in Mexico. 
 
The first part of the event was a panel to discuss the challenges and violations workers suffer during the recruitment process. Along with Scalabrinianas: Misión para Migrantes y Refugiados, Centro de Derechos del Migrante, and ProDESC representatives, Cathleen Caron took part of this panel to present Global Workers Justice Alliance’s work, facts of the H2 visa program, and two fraud case studies to show how recruiters take advantage of workers applying to the temporary worker program.
 
In the second panel, Defender Network members Isabel Ramos and Cesar Alvarez participated with representatives of INEDIM and Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes. The panel discussed the impact of the reforms to Article 28 of the Federal Labor Law on the new recruitment agency regulation, as well as report findings and its impact on the recruitment process.
 
Isabel discussed the need to ensure enforcement of the new regulation and the importance of bringing the information of the new regulation to the states and communities where workers are recruited, especially to the areas with high percentage of abuses during the recruitment process. 
 
Cesar presented recommendations to extend workers rights and use other bi-national agreements to secure the access to justice for workers and echoed the need to work for enforcement of the new regulations.
 
The final element of the event was a press conference where Global Workers Executive Director, Cathleen Caron offered a series of recommendations to the Mexican Department of Labor, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and to the Mexican Department of State on the need to create a better program to secure workers rights, protection, and prompt response to fraud situations. One the of strongest recommendations made was an ask to the Mexican and U.S. governments to create and maintain of a record of recruitment agencies, and securing access to that information for workers. 
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