CROC and ILO formally open a Resource Center for Migrant Workers in Tijuana, Baja California

Noticia | 9 de junio de 2022
On June 3, the National Union of Farm Workers, the Food Industry "Mexico Transforming the 21st Century" (affiliated to the Revolutionary Confederation of Workers and Peasants, CROC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), officially opened a Resource Center for Migrant Workers in Tijuana, Baja California, a space that provides direct advice and information to migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, and their families.

The Resource Center for Migrant Workers, which is managed by members of the trade union, and provides services to all people on the move, has as priority promoting access to formal employment, facilitating access to labour justice and other services aimed at preventing possible recruitment abuses. The Center's staff includes migrant workers, who are trained to identify additional needs and refer people to the appropriate services.

Additionally, the Center collaborates with local civil society organizations to complement the provision of other services, including maximizing employment networks and facilitating skills certification.

People who can be served at the Center include potential migrants, applicants for refugee status, refugees, returnees, temporary workers, workers in an irregular situation, family members of migrants and other interested persons.

The Center, in order to ensure an environment of trust for beneficiaries, hires an equal mix of men and women, applying staffing and recruitment policies with a gender focus. In addition, local staff has been trained in migration issues, communication skills, advice, and guidance.
This allows staff, in addition to providing advice in the field, to be fully prepared to carry out outreach activities for potential migrants in schools, training centers and other community spaces.
“It is our aspiration that this Center become a model for the defense of the labour rights of the population on the move in Latin America and the Caribbean and I have a strong conviction that, thanks to the union´s support, this Center will be both effective and sustainable” according to Pedro Furtado de Oliveira, director of the ILO Country Office for Mexico and Cuba.
This initiative, conceived by CROC, got technical assistance from ILO´s Office for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) and MIGRANT and financial support from the European Union through the REFRAME project.