Washington, D.C., September 1st, 2016
Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States, Carlos M. Sada and US Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Mrs. Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), to strengthen the protection of Mexican worker’s rights in the US.
The OSC is responsible of preventing that foreign workers in the United States of America that are working permit holders (Employment Authorization Document – EAD), are discriminated against during their hiring, firing and recruitment processes, regardless of their citizenship, migratory status or country of origin.
With the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding, Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs further institutionalizes collaboration with the United States’ OSC, to strengthen the protection for those Mexican workers that are work permit holders, which include those who got it through a “U” or “T” visa, as well as the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
This MOU complements agreements signed before by the Government of Mexico and several other US labor agencies, with the main goal of defending and promoting the rights of Mexican workers in the United States.
Today’s signing ceremony at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., took place under the framework of the 8th Labor Rights Week (LRW) celebrated in all 50 Mexican Consulates in the US, on or about Labor Day in the United States, which will be observed next Monday.
The main objective of LRW is continue to provide information to the Mexican and Hispanic communities about their rights, and the options available to them in the event of any abuse of their labor rights. During the 2015 edition of LRW, the network of Mexican Consulates in the US hosted over 800 informative sessions, attended by over 59,000 people.