Firma del Memorándum de Entendimiento entre la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores y el Departamento de Justicia, relativo a la protección de los trabajadores contra la discriminación laboral
Washington, DC, 1 de septiembre de 2016
Welcome to the Embassy of Mexico.
I am truly honored to represent the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Mexico and the Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices.
This Memorandum constitutes a much needed tool to broaden the services offered by the Embassy and Mexican consular network in the United States. It complements a wide array of agreements with labor agencies for the protection of the rights of Mexicans in this country.
I would like to thank Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Head of the Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta, for being here today. Thank you also to the team of the OSC as well as of our Consular Section for making this collaboration possible.
The signing of this Memorandum coincides with the eighth edition of Labor Rights Week, which is currently taking place. Mexico’s participation in Labor Rights Week involves an annual outreach effort conducted in the 50 consulates of Mexico in the United States, with the main objective of increasing awareness and informing workers about their fundamental labor rights, as well as the resources available to them in case they face any abuse of their labor rights.
This year’s Labor Rights Week theme is: “Your Work Has Dignity! Know your Rights”. This theme reinforces the importance of immigrants in the U.S. labor force and highlights the contributions of migrant workers to U.S. society and the economy of this country.
I am certain that this year’s edition of Labor Rights Week will be a success and with the additional information offered by the OSC, will surpass the results of past editions. During Labor Rights Week in 2015, the Mexican consular network served more than 59 thousand people in 800 informative sessions conducted in collaboration with federal and state labor agencies, unions, labor attorneys and organizations from the civil society.
The signature of the Memorandum with OSC during this edition of Labor Rights Week is timely. Despite their multiple contributions to American labor force and society, Mexican workers in the United States still sometimes face discrimination and unfair practices.
As part of our national collaboration, the Embassy and the OSC plan to: train consular staff; organize outreach and educational events for workers; and, establish a referral process. Our goal is to have a positive impact in Mexican workers that have an Employment Authorization Document, such as DACA recipients, recent Legal Permanent Residents, and most importantly, victims of crime that received a T or U visas and that are now eligible to work in this country.
The collaboration with the OSC will help us expand the assistance to Mexican nationals. As an example, consulates will have now more resources to assist a victim of domestic violence, from helping them obtain a U visa, to defending their rights against discrimination when looking for a job that will give them financial independence.
Dear friends and colleagues,
Today’s signature formalizes our collaborative efforts to continue our joint outreach efforts by the OSC, the Embassy and the 50 Mexicans consulates in the United States. It is also a step forward in advancing the protection of labor rights and ending workplace discrimination.