Program Associate, Matthew Erle, met with representatives of a collective that are working to advance rights of migrants and their families in the state of Tlaxcala, a state about 75 miles from Mexico City that has been seeing high levels of both labor migration and human trafficking in recent years.
U.S. - Canada Civil Society Consultation for United Nations High-Level Dialogue
Executive Director, Cathleen Caron traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the United States-Canada regional civil society consultation in preparation for the United Nation’s High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD). The meeting in D.C. was one of seven regional “civil society” consultations occurring across the globe. Defender Network member, Maria Mayela Blanco Ramirez from the Dimension Pastoral de la Movilidad Humana (DPMH) in Mexico City, attended the consultation in Mexico last month. The AFL-CIO hosted the “Beyond Borders: How can we work inside and outside the UN to advance migrant’s rights?”, a consultation aimed at addressing the absence of a human rights agenda in the government discussions.
Cathleen’s presentation was on day three as part of the panel “Counsel Beware: Laws Do Extend beyond Borders - Investigations, Discovery and Privilege.” She shared the presenter’s table with a U.S. lawyer based in France representing U.S. companies, an English lawyer in London working in-house for a U.S. company, and an employee-side English lawyer in England. It was a diverse group but the very experienced moderator, Gary Siniscalco, expertly weaved it all together.
American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law
International Labor & Employment Law Committee
Executive Director, Cathleen Caron, spent one week in Rome as a guest of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Labor & Employment Law International Labor & Employment Law Committee during its Mid-year meeting. This ABA section brings together U.S. lawyers who represent employers, employees and unions—all sides.
It was 2:30 a.m. on this brisk morning in Yuma as about 15 invitees gathered in the hotel lobby to head into San Luis, AZ’s Friendship Park for the 18th Annual Dia del Campesino (Farmworker Appreciation Day). This annual event allows health and information service providers as well as the local community not only to share a variety of services and information to the almost 4,000 farmworkers and their family members who gather at the park, but also to celebrate the hard work and contributions of these farmworkers.
Mexico Program Director, Griselda Vega arrived in Yuma, AZ to join our Jornaleros-SAFE partners in celebrating CITA’s expansion. A surprise dinner was held in honor of Chuck Barrett, advocate and consultant to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and advisor to the Jornaleros-SAFE project.
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.
Global Workers held its first press conference in Mexico, followed by the public release of the report on Article 28 of the Mexican Federal Labor law, at Centro Prodh in Colonia San Rafael. The morning began with the press conference to highlight the lack of enforcement by the Mexican government regarding these protections.
Global Workers conducted its first training on U.S. employment laws in 2008. As we expanded in Guatemala and Mexico we held a second training in 2010. Now that we are growing into additional states in Mexico, it becomes that much more important to prepare our existing network within Mexico for this growth, and discuss with them what this means for increasing efforts in the country to combat transnational worker exploitation.
The mission of the Global Workers Justice Alliance is to combat worker exploitation by promoting portable justice for transnational migrants through a cross-border network of worker advocates and resources.
Global Workers coined the term portable justice to describe the right and ability of transnational migrant workers to access justice in the countries of employment even after they have departed for their home countries.