Learning Lessons and Protecting Labor Rights Across Borders "Between them, the Promotores Laborales and staff of Centers for Labor Rights have handled 60,000 labor rights cases from 2007 to 2014 - 60 per cent of them for migrant workers." Read more about the work of GMIES here or ask questions about their programming in this thread to @viniciosandoval.
The strategy GMIES follows involves the creation of Centers for Labor Rights (CDL) within existing NGOs and social organizations across Central America. In order to increase its reach, GMIES turned to a legal empowerment approach for migrant workers – creating groups of Promotores Laborales, known as PLs, as a corps of trained labour rights advocates or paralegals. The PLs use the local partner organizations of GMIES for their expertise and knowledge of target populations. In total, 140 PLs have been trained in Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.
Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador (GMIES) works to idependently promote respect for labor rights, improve working conditions, conducts research on labor laws and develops innovative proposals to improve the working lives of communities across Central America.
In 2016, we are starting to introduce members of the Global Legal Empowerment Network through a series of organizational Member Spotlights that can be found on our new Meet the Network page. Member Spotlights are short profile articles that use case studies and ‘key lessons’ to provide useful insights into the work of other network members. Whether you are working in the same country, with similar issues or want to understand new legal empowerment approaches, the Network Spotlight is a useful learning resource.