Griselda Vega, Global Worker’s Mexico Program Director was invited to speak at the University of Michigan Law School by the Michigan Immigration and Labor Law Association (MIA). MIA is a law student-run group that focuses on discussing the cross-sectional issues that arise in employment and immigration matters. Griselda was asked to come and discuss the work of Global Workers and its model, as well as alternative legal career opportunities.
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.
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.
Day 3 – People’s Global Action on Migration, Development, and Human Rights (PGA)
Today opened with a cross-regional workshop “ Sharing Experiences & Drawing Lessons towards Advancing Migrant Campaign Strategies”, and a continuation of the self-organized regional exchanges from yesterday. At the cross-regional workshop, participants from various organizations around the world shared strategies that have worked for them and those that have not, and a few proposed using new media tools to advance their efforts.
The Bi-annual Farmworker Law Conference is a very important event for Global Workers. Organizations across the United States that represent migrant farmworkers often see their clients leave the country after filing a lawsuit. Both Cathleen Caron and Griselda Vega attended the conference. Not only because there are so many organizations they hope to collaborate with, but also because both of them worked for farmworker organizations before Global Workers, so it was a good opportunity to reconnect with old colleagues.
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.
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.