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Second Global Workers Defenders Network Training, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México, Day Two November 16, 2009

Day Two was another full agenda. We tackled employment discrimination, temporary guestworkers, human trafficking, health and safety, unions, and international law. Because these topics are quite broad, the focus was narrowed to the aspects most relevant to transnational migrant workers. In addition, our local Defender, and co-organizer for the training, the Network of Community Defenders for Human Rights, discussed the work they do in defense of communities in Chiapas. Perhaps the highlight of the day was the work in groups.

Second Global Workers Defenders Network Training, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México, Day One November 15, 2009

Global Workers is pleased to announce the opening day of its Second Global Workers Defenders Network Training. We have convened 28 persons from 13 organizations from 5 states in Mexico (Mexico City, Guerrero, Tabasco, Chiapas, and Oaxaca) and 5 states in Guatemala (Huehuetenango, San Marcos, Quiche, Chimaltenango, and Guatemala City) to San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas for three days of intensive training on U.S. employment law, trafficking, U.S. legal system and international law.

U.S. Consulate, Monterrey, México November 13, 2009

Global Workers, Cathleen Caron and Griselda Vega, met today with three officials in the non-immigrant visa division at the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, México. Workers rights organizations in Florida and Georgia contacted us about a new insidious technique used by farm labor contractors to discourage workers from exerting their rights. The contractors are telling the workers that the U.S. consulate will deny them H-2 guestworker visas if they speak up about their rights.

Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico July 1, 2009

Griselda arrived yesterday, late afternoon for the last visit of the trip to la Red Guerrerense. The Red is not only the coordinating network organization for a number of human rights organizations in Guerrero, but they also work on a variety of human rights issues as well. The state of Guerrero has a history of serious human rights violations, and the Red has been supporting advocates and the communities fight for their basic rights such as the right to education, basic health care, and personal safety.

Chilapa de Alvarez, Guerrero, Mexico June 30, 2009

The day began very early, leaving Tlapa at 7 a.m. to meet with the Centro Regional de Defensa de DDHH Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, A.C. (Centro Morelos). There Griselda met with the two attorneys on staff and the Director who explained the various issues that the indigenous communities surrounding Chilapa have – whether it’s a land rights issue, or inter-family violence, or a violation of human rights – they try to help as much as they can.

Tlapa, Guerrero, Mexico June 29, 2009

Traveling to the mountainous part of Guerrero, Griselda arrived in Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero, to meet with El Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña “Tlachinollan.” (www.tlachinollan.org). Tlachinollan has a 13-year history in Guerrero and have been helping the indigenous communities in and around Tlapa fight for access to justice and their human rights. She spent the day getting to know the staff and their work, and sharing with them our project and goals.

Mexico City, Mexico June 26, 2009

Griselda’s next stop was Mexico City. In Mexico City, she had the opportunity to attend the inauguration of Instituto de Estudio y Divulgacion Sobre Migracion A.C (INEDIM)(http://imprasc.net:29572/Paginas/Inicio.aspx). INEDIM’s mission is to be a vehicle for analyzing, studying and disseminating information on migration in Mexico and Central America.

Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico June 24, 2009

Villahermosa, Tabasco was the beginning of another two-week trip to Mexico for Global Workers’ Mexico Director, Griselda Vega. This trip is focused on expanding our network to the states of Tabasco and Guerrero, and creating new alliances with NGO’s in those states that are working with transnational migrants.

Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, March 19, 2009

Griselda’s final stop, in the two-week trip, was Tapachula, located in the southern most part of Chiapas on the Guatemala border. In Tapachula, Griselda, worked with our Defender Centro de Derechos Fray Matias de Cordova (www.cdhfraymatias.org.mx). Fray Matias has been one of our most active Defenders working on cases that involved video depositions or obtaining medical documentation for a catastrophically injured worker.

San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico, March 18, 2009

In San Cristobal, Chiapas Griselda met with the RED de Defensores Comunitarios por los Derechos Humanos (www.defensorescomunitarios.org), our Defender in central Chiapas. We discussed the specific project the RED is currently working on, an economic rights survey. Under Mexican law, their citizens are entitled to basic human, health, social services, but for many indigenous communities this is not the reality.

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