Global Workers and Allies Convene Discussion Panel and Press Conference on Recruitment Regulations and their failure to protect workers
Global Workers Justice Alliance and members of the INILAB regional initiative gathered in Mexico City to highlight and denounce gaps in legal protections during the recruitment process. The discussion panel and press conference in Mexico City also served as a pre-launch of our report Recruitment Regulations in Countries of Origin: A Comparative Analysis on Recruitment Regulations in México, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Omar Angel, Policy Advocacy Manager for Mexico and Central America, discussed the major findings of the report. The report, written by Global Workers and members of the Defender Network exposes the troubling lack of transparency in the recruitment process, including contracts written in a language the worker does not understand. During the presentation, Omar provided examples of how these gaps have led to exploitation. For example, a recruiter in Michoacan was able to defraud 200 workers in that state by charging them illegal fees of upwards of $10,000.00 Mexican pesos for simply putting their name on a waiting list to be considered for a H-2B visa. The other experts on the panel, Antonio López (PRODESC), Alissa Escare (CDM), y Andrea Gálvez (UFCW-Canada), contributed their own perspectives on the impact of recruitment regulations in the region and provided additional examples of how inadequate enforcement has allowed fraud and abuse to continue.