Mexico City, Mexico - October 9, 2013

The first meeting of the day was with Secretaria de Trabajo y Prevension Social (STPS) who we have been working with to tackle the tricky issue of providing oath swearing services in Mexico for a U.S.

Mexico City, Mexico - October 7-8, 2013

Two members of the Global Workers team, Griselda Vega and Bates Fellow Jesica Soley, were in Mexico City for meetings with allies and partners.  The first meeting was with colleagues from the Colectivo-PND, a national Mexican network of over 80 human rights organizations who are working on a variety of issues with a focus on migration.

Mexico City, Mexico - April 26

This Friday morning brought the majority of the Jornaleros-SAFE team together in Mexico City for the project wrap-up.  Advocates from all over Mexico and the U.S. arrived to discuss highlights, lessons learned, and thoughts on the last three years.

Mexico City, Mexico - April 25

Mexico Program Director, Griselda Vega was at the presentation of the Instituto de Estudios y Divulgacion sobre Migracion A.C. (INEDIM)'s newest publication, Quo Vadis – Recruitment and Contracting of Migrant Workers and their Access to Social Security. The report is a follow-up to their original analysis of six temporary worker programs throughout Central and North America – Respecting the Will to Work: a foundation for rights-based temporary migration programs.

Mexico City, Mexico - April 24

Mexico Director Griselda Vega joined the Jornaleros-SAFE project team for an important press conference that highlighted the work of the project but also highlighted the massive fraud case by the company Chamba Mexico. During the three-years of the project, advocates traveled to communities providing Know-Your-Rights information pertaining to the H-2A visa. As a result of our awareness raising efforts, people arrived at our Defenders' doors with questions and stories of recruitment fraud. Not long after, a recruitment agency by the name Chamba Mexico claimed to offer legitimate temporary jobs in both the U.S. and Canada in exchange for an average cost of $550 USD per person in addition to handing over personal documents such as passports and other government identifications.

Mexico City, Mexico - April 11

The final day of the forum began with the anticipated strategic planning session, where we worked towards a plan for the network in Mexico that will guide our efforts in winning more justice for migrant workers in the year to come. The exercise called for breakout group sessions and ended with a sharing of group conclusions that fed into a larger group discussion. The outcomes of this strategic planning session will ultimately lay the foundation for a broader, regional strategic plan.

Mexico City, Mexico - April 10

Wednesday, the first day of the 3rd Defender Network Forum began in earnest with an update on the status of comprehensive immigration in the U.S. Defenders are constantly bombarded with news surrounding the issue, and it was crucial to clear up any misinterpretations as a preventative measure, especially because unscrupulous “recruiters” can easily exploit the clutter of information to defraud those seeking opportunities abroad. 

Mexico City, Mexico - April 9

Following suit after the recent New Defender Trainings, this is the first year we have designated separate forums for the network based on country. Today, over 20 defenders from 11 states in Mexico arrive for Global Worker’s 3rd Defender Network Forum in Mexico City. The forum is designed to provide a space to examine our work as a network in the context of the problems migrants face in the Mexico-U.S. / Canada corridor, and to start on a strategic plan to increase the portability of justice for these workers.

Mexico City, Mexico - November 13

Centro Prodh – Jornaleros SAFE Launch

Today marked the official launch of the 2 ½ year Jornaleros-SAFE project in which Global Workers, along with its 3 partners – Centro Independiente de Trabajadores Agricolas (CITA), the Dimensión Pastoral de La Movilidad Humana (DPMH), and the United Farm Workers (UFW) – documented the recruitment abuses faced by Mexican workers as they go or attempt to go work in the United States under the H-2A temporary work visa. The day kicked off with the presentation of the report followed by the international press conference, all of which was streamed live online.

Mexico City, Mexico - November 12

Strategy Session - Article 28 of the Federal Labor Law of Mexico

As follow-up to the publication of our Article 28 report, Mexico Program Director Griselda Vega held a group strategy session in Mexico City. The focus of the meeting was to bring together leaders in the migration and labor worlds to discuss: Article 28 of the Federal Labor Law of Mexico, which is intended to protect Mexican nationals as they travel abroad to work; the changes proposed under the new Labor Reform in Mexico; and figure out collaborative strategies to challenge the Mexican government to enforce this 40+ year old legal provision.


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