Cathleen travelled to Chinandega, a northwest pacific coastal state on the Honduras border, to meet with several organizations. Chinandega is known for its vast peanut and cotton plantations as well as cattle ranches and increasingly, shrimp farms. This state is also where Nicaraguans return after they have been picked up in Mexico on their way to the U.S. A bus comes approximately twice a month to drop them at the border. Reportedly, it is also known as a state with a high rate of human trafficking.
Estelí is the state just east of Chinandega and is another Honduras border state. Estelí is a mountainous region home to coffee and tobacco, and is a source of migrants to Costa Rica and the U.S. In 2004, a local network of organizations formed to address migration issues. It was the local affiliate of the national Nicaraguan Civil Society Network for Migration (Red Nica). Founded in 2002, Red Nica at one point had over 40 organizations and individuals affiliated. Over the years, however, the network has transformed and now has approximately 10 members. Despite the lower numbers, it continues to have political significance and leads migration policy advocacy in Nicaragua.
Executive Director, Cathleen Caron, arrived in Nicaragua at the end of August to expand Global Workers’ operations to Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras. Based out of Managua, Nicaragua’s capital city, she will travel extensively in the region over the next six months to learn about the dynamics of international migration and identify organizations that want to work with us to defend the rights of transnational workers.
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.