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We build partnerships across borders
to ensure that wherever migrants go,
their rights will follow.
Business is global. People are global. Justice should be too.
Protect migrant rights by ensuring justice across borders.
Farmworker lawyer and human rights advocate Cathleen Caron founded Justice in Motion* in 2005 to address a growing crisis in our globalizing economy: abused migrant workers were shut out of the justice system because they returned to their families in their home countries. She recognized that this was a global phenomenon, but saw a solution. Human rights lawyers and NGOs could work together, across borders, to secure access to justice for those migrant workers.
To make justice across borders a reality, Justice in Motion formed a Defender Network of human rights lawyers and nonprofit organizations throughout Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Defenders partner with U.S. lawyers on concrete legal cases for migrants, as well as advocacy and community education projects across the region.
Now, we work to defend the rights of thousands of migrants from across the region each year -- from parents separated from their children at the U.S. border, migrant workers exploited by U.S. employers, to children seeking safety from harm.
This life-changing impact is made possible by the support of dedicated individuals and institutions. In 2022, Justice in Motion received a one-time gift of $2 million from Mackenzie Scott, extending our reach to support even more migrants. We were able to strengthen our policy advocacy work, increase our capacity for cross-border legal support case work and expand our network of defenders helping migrants on the ground. Thanks to this gift, the investments we’ve made to increase our capacity are more sustainable so Justice in Motion can continue to protect migrant rights every day.
*Formerly Global Workers Justice Alliance
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