The Child Protection Unit’s Mexico Awareness Raising Project integrates and expands upon existing efforts in Mexico to promote information about the 2019 Mexican Labor Reform. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), this project will be implemented over a period of 4.5 years, from January 2021 to June 2025.
To advance the success of the project, Partners of the Americas (Partners) is collaborating with implementing partner Social Accountability International (SAI), a highly experienced international organization in advancing human rights in the workplace. On the local level, the project’s sub-awardees include the Mexican Center for Migrant Rights (Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, CDM) and the Border Committee on the Rights of Workers (Comité Fronterizo de Obreras y Obreros, CFO). The project’s resource partners also include various prominent labor rights organizations, unions, and confederations in key five trade subsectors of Mexico: mining, auto assembly, auto parts, steel/aluminum, and electronics. The project will work in industrial clusters in these priority sectors across the Mexican states. The project’s partner organizations working in these key industries include the Federation of Independent Unions of the Automobile, Autopart, Aerospace and Tire Industries (Federación de Sindicatos Indepdendientes de la Industria Automotriz, Autopartes, Aeroespacial y del Neumático, FESIIAAAN), the Autonomous Front of Workers (Frente Autonomo de Trabajadores, FAT), and the National Union of Mining, Metallurgy, Steelmaking and Similar Workers of the Mexican Republic (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Metalúrgicos, Siderúgicos y Similares de la Republica Mexicana, Los Mineros).
The Mexico Awareness Raising Project’s expected outcomes integrate innovative local strategies and activities in order to improve communications and better inform and empower target groups in the mentioned sectors on labor reform. These expected outcomes include increasing the understanding of workers, employers, and union leaders on how to utilize Mexico’s new labor systems to protect labor rights and effectively address labor disputes. The project also aims to build the capacity of the federal and state level Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) staff and constituents from key institutions to conduct outreach regarding labor rights and implementation of the labor reforms among target audiences. By implementing these strategic outcomes, Partners and their collaborating institutions hope to equip Mexican laborers with information regarding their new legal protections so they may promote their rights in the workplace.
Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL-35868-21-75-K. 100% of the total costs of the project is financed with federal funds, for a total of U.S. $10,000,000 dollars. This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.