Mexico City, July 8, 2010

The day was spent with meetings, introducing the project to organizations that work on migrant issues in Mexico and learn more about the unsettling security situation in Mexico.

Mexico City, July 7, 2010

While in Mexico City, the Global Workers team met with other organizations that work on migration-related issues and attended several presentations. Mexico has been suffering from a wave of kidnappings that extort payments from relatives in the United States, but the depth and extent on how it affects migrants from Central America became evident during a presentation of a new report on “Violations of Human Rights of Central American Migrants” that Dirk attended at the Center for Protection of Human Rights (Prodh).

Mexico City, July 6, 2010

In order to turn the theory into practical use, the second day of the training integrated interactive participation into the agenda, including a role-play that showed a local Mexican official offering work visas and in turn getting kickbacks from the workers. Later, interviewers acted out a variety of field investigation scenarios, thereby testing out a questionnaire created for the project. Finally, the defenders headed back to their communities, while executive committee members stayed for another round of meetings to finalize the steps for the ensuing months.

Mexico City, July 5, 2010

Today, twenty-seven participants of the Jornaleros SAFE project came together for the first introductory sessions of the two-day training. For the next two months, researchers will visit villages to gather preliminary data in a two month pilot project to be evaluated in September. Thus, the training introduced the methodology of the investigation, presented the issues related to recruiter abuses, and provided basic security protocols .

Mexico City, July 4, 2010

Attorney-Mexico Program Director, Griselda Vega and Program Assistant, Dirk Ewers, left for a four-day trip to Mexico City, to initiate the pilot project of a three-year investigation of H-2A guestworker recruitment abuses in Mexico. Over three years, the project will document recruitment abuses of migrant workers that enter the U.S. through the H-2A agricultural guestworker program, with the goal of changing the public policy of the Mexican and U.S. governments, so that human and labor rights of these workers will be respected in the future.

Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico – February 19, 2010

This cool, sunny Friday morning took Griselda to meet with Ñu’u Ji Kandii. They have been working with the Defender Network for a little over a year, and have been integrating the issues of migration and US labor rights into their overall programming. The conversation centered around their current projects, especially the difficult work of helping the indigenous communities of the Oaxacan coast make sure they are protected as the Mexican government plans to build a large dam that would displace several communities.

Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico February 16, 2010

Arriving on a very warm, 80 degree Tuesday afternoon, Griselda quickly went to her first meeting with Tequio Juridico. Tequio works specifically with the indigenous communities in Oaxaca, and have extensive educational materials the focus on their three primary areas of work: Women’s Rights Project, which helps indigenous women reclaim their personal rights as women; an Agrarian Project, which assists members of the community regain their land rights, and General Advocacy issues which affect their communities.

Mexico City, Mexico February 12 -15, 2010

Griselda’s next stop was Mexico City. In Mexico City, she had the opportunity to meet with several colleagues to discuss future projects.

Tlxcala, Mexico February 15, 2010

On this brisk morning in Mexico City, Griselda set out for Tlxcala, Mexico, which is Mexico’s smallest state, located right next to Mexico City. Unfortunately, due to Tlxcala’s proximity to Mexico City some speculate that it is the reason that the trafficking of women has become a part of the culture of Tlxcala, the large city is an easy way to move women through and disperse to other parts of Mexico or other countries. The only NGO that specializes in human trafficking is Centro “Fray Julian Garces” Derechos Humanos y Desarrollo Local, A.C. in Tlxcala City.

Second Global Workers Defenders Network Training, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México, Day Three November 17, 2009

The final day focused exclusively on the Global Workers Defenders Network. Although the primary audience was persons from organizations who were new to the Defender Network, persons from organizations already in the Network were also in attendance. The training has two goals: to train persons from potential Defender organizations and to train additional staff from organizations that are already in the Defender Network. The presence of Defenders already working with us in day three added enormously to the final day.


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