TLAXCALA, TLAXCALA, MÉXICO - FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Program Associate, Matthew Erle, met with representatives of a collective that are working to advance rights of migrants and their families in the state of Tlaxcala, a state about 75 miles from Mexico City that has been seeing high levels of both labor migration and human trafficking in recent years.
The “Colectivo por la Migración sin Fronteras” (Collective for Migration without Borders) seeks to promote better public policy around migration. The members of the Colectivo come from three organizations: Centro de atención a familias de migrantes (Center for Service to the Families of Migrants, or CAFAMI), Nosotras Somos tu Voz (We are your Voice), and the Albergue La Sagrada Familia (Holy Family Shelter). Each brings their own perspective to the challenges in Tlaxcala. CAFAMI works with the families of migrants who have both left Tlaxcala and migrated in to Tlaxcala. The Albergue, located along the train tracks that form the backbone of the migrant trail, provides aid and education to migrants as they make their way north. Nosotras somos tu voz brings legal and policy expertise around migration issues.
Matthew shared how we have worked with Defenders and other local allies on successful policy advocacy initiatives at a state level in Mexico, specifically in Michoacan and Oaxaca. They brainstormed about potential opportunities to collaborate on policy advocacy challenges and on migrant education. We also shared information regarding our publications, which provide a transnational perspective on the issues faced in Tlaxcala. Moving forward, Justice in Motion and the Collective plan to tease out the ways in which we can collaborate on these shared goals of justice for migrant workers in their countries of origin, transit, and destination.