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Sept. 23, 2011 – Tulcingo del Valle, Puebla, Mexico

Educating Advocates in Puebla – “Taller de conocimientos y herramientas básicas sobre migración” (Knowledge and Basic Tools of Migration Workshop)

Sept. 22, 2011 – Tehuacan, Puebla, Mexico

Today the journey led to Tehuacan, Puebla, a town 2 hours southeast of Puebla city, to visit with two organizations Comisión de Derechos Humanos y Laborales del Valle de Tehuacán A. C. (Human Rights Commission of Tehuacán Valley A. C.) and Comité de Derechos Humanos “Rafael Ayala y Ayala” ( “Rafael Ayala y Ayala” Human Rights Committee). Comisión focuses strictly on labor rights and defending exploited maquiladora workers; while Rafael Ayala does more general civil litigation, but particularly family law issues.

Sept. 21, 2011 – Puebla, Puebla, Mexico

Expanding the Defender Network in Puebla

Sept. 19-20, 2011 – Puebla, Puebla, Mexico

Beginning a two-week trip to Mexico, Program Director Griselda Vega made her first stop in Puebla, Mexico. She spent time finalizing the various meetings set-up for the rest of the week in Puebla (read subsequent blog entries), and for the next week in the state of Guanajuato.

January 28, 2011 - Tapachula, Mexico

Training on Canadian labor law for Guatemalan Defenders

January 27, 2011 - Tapachula, Mexico

Defender Network Forum – Day Two

January 26, 2011 - Tapachula, Mexico

Defender Network Forum – Day One

Over the next two days, we will examine every area of our work with the Defenders as individual organizations and as a Network. In the morning we focused on Case Facilitations, the process where we partner a U.S. organization with a Defender to provide local litigation support for migrants who were exploited in the U.S. but have returned to Guatemala or Mexico. The day covered technical aspects, such as the paperwork and internal processes, as well as sharing experiences in the various aspects of the work.

January 25, 2011 - Tapachula, Mexico

First Defender Forum – Training on Canadian labor law for Mexican Defenders: Day 2

Today the Mexican Defenders completed their training on the temporary worker programs to Canada, and the labor laws that protect migrants. The trainer was Andrea Galvez, the UFCW’s liaison to Mexico and Central America. She moved from Mexico to Canada at age 15. Over the past few years, she has worked for the largest private union in Canada, UFCW, as an organizer for temporary workers. Recently, she returned to Mexico to open an UFCW office.

January 24, 2011 - Tapachula, Mexico

First Defender Forum – Inaugural event: Day 1

November 9, 2010 – Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD): Day 2

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