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Voices is a podcast series by the Institute for Human Rights and Business that takes the conversation on business and human rights around the world. In this series, IHRB staff members talk with activists, academics, lawyers, business executives, and officials in different parts of the world about how they see the business and human rights agenda and challenges in their part of the world.
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In this interview, Julia Coburn speaks with IHRB’s Neill Wilkins about the work of the Centros de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM). CDM is a workers’ organisation dedicated to the advancement of workers’ rights, in particular Mexican low-wage migrant workers who travel to the US for work. Julia discusses one of CDM’s key initiatives, Contratados, a worker-facing workers’ rights information sharing platform for realtime anonymous reports of working conditions. This allows workers to make informed decisions about migration. The platform also connects workers with resources to remediate abuse, and provides opportunites for workers to engage in advocacy initiatives to advance workers rights.
Julia, CDM’s Director of Operations in Mexico, is a longtime CDM supporter. She is a graduate student at the University for Peace in Costa Rica and a Founding Ally for Migrant Justice. After volunteering with CDM in Zacatecas during college, Julia returned as the 2009 University of Chicago Dr. Aizik Wolf Human Rights Post-Baccalaureate Fellow. As a Fellow, Julia shaped the Justice in Recruitment program, designing research methods, conducting some of the first survey research on recruitment, and writing extensively about fraud and recruitment abuse. After her Fellowship ended, she moved to CDM’s Baltimore office, where she worked as a Program Associate. Since then, she has continued to support CDM.
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Very interesting conversations with leading thinkers in the field from Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh, UK and India.
Date published: 2015-02-10