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Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico – February 19, 2010

This cool, sunny Friday morning took Griselda to meet with Ñu’u Ji Kandii. They have been working with the Defender Network for a little over a year, and have been integrating the issues of migration and US labor rights into their overall programming. The conversation centered around their current projects, especially the difficult work of helping the indigenous communities of the Oaxacan coast make sure they are protected as the Mexican government plans to build a large dam that would displace several communities. Ñu’u Ji Kandii is supporting these communities and making sure that if they are displaced they are properly compensated but most importantly assuring that the communities are involved in the planning process of how to best accommodate both the communities and the government’s needs. We also discussed their outreach program and how they’ve integrated US Know your Rights into their community work. Griselda presented some of our upcoming projects and collaboration opportunities, and the team was excited to help with the planning and participating to assure that the projects come to fruition.

Overall, the trip was a great success – met many new colleagues with a myriad of possible new collaborations, and after talking with our current Defenders they are excited about making our Outreach Education Program a true success by producing projects that will reach thousands of migrants and educate them on their USA labor rights.

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