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Mexico City, Mexico - July 23, 2014

Global Workers Defender Network- Mexico Forum  - Day One

 
14 representatives from the Mexican Global Workers Defender Network gathered today in Mexico City for the 5th Defender Network Forum. The diverse group of participating Defenders came from 6 states and work on a variety of issues in addition to collaboration with Global Workers, such as indigenous rights, children rights and migrants in transit.  The good will to learn more about the substantive issues we focus on and their drive to absorb and apply it in education to migrants, changing laws on the state and federal level, and the legal cases for workers abused in relation to their employment abroad was evident. 
 
The day started with various interactive exercises.  The Defenders had space to present their on their organizations and programs so that the Defender Network learned more about each others focuses and initiatives.  We also reviewed the Global Workers new structure and introduced the new program leads, which included Skype greetings from our staff in the U.S. 
 
The afternoon sessions focused on substantive training topics to imbue the Defenders with the knowledge they need to work on education, policy advocacy, and the legal cases for abused workers.  To put the whole afternoon in current political context, Fundar, a local think tank, started a discussion of regional migration policies and the effects of the situation of Central American children migrants on our work. Next we had presentations on the U.S. H-2 visa program (led by Global Workers), the Canadian visa program (led by UFCW-Canada), U.S. immigration reform (led by Global Workers), and finally the changes under the Mexican recruitment law (led by SJM/MX).  Astute questions and lively discussions revealed the level of interest and understanding the Defenders showed toward these topics.
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