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Montreal, Quebec, Canada - May 13, 2014

The Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (www.crimt.org) invited Executive Director, Cathleen Caron, to speak at its 2014 conference on “New Frontiers for Citizenship at Work,” this year held in Montreal. The annual conference strives to examine “citizenship as a platform for delivering entitlements and distributing risks related to work.”  The panel, Migrant Workers Mobilizing Transnationally, included speakers from Canadian migrant workers organizations, a Canadian research institute, and US law professor, Jennifer Gordon. Part of the objective is for researchers to engage with practitioners in order to identify new ideas for research and sharpen their understanding of current issues.
 
Cathleen spoke about Global Workers’ unique Defender Network and its mission to realize portable justice.  The packed room was keen to understand how the Defender Network functioned and how it helped Mexican and Guatemalan workers in Canada achieve greater access to justice to combat labor exploitation.  Other panelists spoke passionately about the tension in Canada over the dramatic increase in temporary foreign workers who now annually outnumber permanent immigrants. With much greater national awareness than the United States, the move to change the workforce into a temporary one is intensely debated in Canada.
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