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Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 16, 2009

While Global Workers has the western part of Oaxaca covered, we are still looking for a Defender partner in Oaxaca City, so while there, Griselda and Kate met with Tequio Juridico, an organization we hope to collaborate with in the future.

Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 13, 2009

The next stop was with our Defender – Centro de Derechos Humanos Ñu’u Ji Kandií. Ñu’u Ji Kandií located in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, a town located in the central western part of Oaxaca. Griselda and Kate met with the team and gave each other updates, as well as walked through the case facilitation hypothetical, and then proceeded to have a productive discussion on outreach materials. The staff advised that in order to create the best outreach materials for migrants, we should also consider the need for know-your-rights information for the migrant’s family members who stay behind.

Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 12, 2009

Kate D’Adamo, Global Workers’ Program Assistant, joined Griselda for the Oaxaca portion of the trip. The first stop in Oaxaca was Juxtlahuaca, a small city nestled into the Northwest mountains of Oaxaca to meet with our Defender – Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (www.fiob.org), a human rights organization which operates all over the state of Oaxaca. Juxtlahuaca is a beautiful city in the heart of the Mixteca region, one of 16 different indigenous groups to Oaxaca.

Mexico City, Mexico, March 10, 2009

Global Workers’ Mexico Director, Griselda Vega, started a two-week Mexico trip in Mexico City to meet with colleagues and strategize on expanding our Defender Network in Mexico. She met with NGOs who provided generous assistance such as the Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos “RED TDT” (www.redtdt.org.mx), Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (www.mexico.sejemi.org), and Sin Fronteras (www.sinfronteras.org.mx).

Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca, Mexico February 18, 2009

After a 7-hour bus trip, Griselda arrived yesterday afternoon in Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca. This visit took her to check-in with our Defender Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales (FIOB). FIOB has been very busy and is about to launch a series of trainings through their Women’s Rights project. Unfortunately, in the Mixtec area of Juxtlahuaca many of the men have migrated in search of a better life, leaving the women behind to fend for themselves but due to cultural traditions that treat women as secondary citizens, they are not in a position to provide for their families.

Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico October 10, 2008

Griselda and Cathleen wrapped up their trip to Mexico with a stop in Tapachula. In Tapachula, Cathleen introduced Griselda to the one Defender organization that had already signed up with our Network prior to our trip, Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Matias de Cordova. Fray Matias is the only organization in our Network to already work with migrants (to read more see blog entry from September 1, 2007). They are strong partners and we look forward to supporting their expansion into the defense of Mexican migrants who have labored in the United States.

San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico October 7, 2008

The next stop was San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in northern Chiapas. La Red de Defensores Comunitarios por los Derechos Humanos was the group we visited to discuss formal integration to the Global Workers Defenders Network. “La Red” as it is known is different from the other groups we are working with in Mexico and Guatemala. In general, the more traditional human rights groups have a central staff that work from an office and they decide and guide the programmatic work. La Red on the other hand is a community-cased organization.

Oaxaca, Mexico October 3, 2008

Global Workers next stop on this Mexico trip was Oaxaca. The principal goal was to meet with the three organizations that attended our inaugural Defender training in April (see blog entries from April 27-30, 2008) and to have them formally affiliate with our Network. Over the course of the week, Cathleen and Griselda traveled to Juxtlahuaca, Tlaxiaco, and Oaxaca City. Juxtlahuaca and Tlaxiaco are in the heart of the Mixteca, the northwestern mountainous corner of Oaxaca.

Mexico City, Mexico September 26, 2008

Cathleen and Griselda met with U.S. consulate officials at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City to discuss various problems with the U.S. guestworker program. One goal is to replicate the successes we have had with the U.S. consulate in Guatemala (see blog entry, November 12, 2007). Establishing a productive relationship with consular officials requires time and persistence. Personnel turn over is high (officials are rotated regularly) and many are hesitant to spearhead new initiatives.

Mexico City, Mexico September 25, 2008

Cathleen Caron, Executive Director, and Griselda Vega Muñoz, the new Mexico Director, traveled to Mexico so Cathleen could present Griselda to Global Workers Defenders and allies in Mexico. Over the course of several days in Mexico City, the first leg of the trip, they met with Mexican government officials, U.S. consular officials, and Mexican NGO allies.

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