Strengthening Civil Society to Protect and Advocate for Migrant Workers

Project Duration
January 2024
June 2028
Funding and Year

The Strengthening Civil Society to Protect and Advocate for Migrant Workers project will provide civil society with the tools and training to protect migrant workers, particularly Mexican nationals participating in U.S. Temporary Foreign Worker programs, by supporting fair recruitment initiatives, building awareness of labor rights, and increasing the use of formal mechanisms for workers to exercise those rights.

The Problem

Temporary foreign workers (TFW) play a vital role in the U.S. economy by helping employers fill positions when no U.S. workers are available.  Participants in TFW programs often lack awareness of their rights and the redress mechanisms available to them if their rights are violated. Women migrant workers face barriers to access TFW programs, and are more vulnerable to labor rights violations, including gender-based violence and harassment at work.

Our Strategy

The project will bring together key stakeholders to:

  1. Disseminate knowledge and guidance about TFW programs and promote fair recruitment processes.
  2. Prevent abuses and exploitation of Mexican nationals participating in TFW programs.
  3. Increase civil society organizations’ capacity to provide assistance to TFWs to access grievance mechanisms and exercise their rights.
International Labor Organization (ILO)
Contact Information:
(202) 693-4900 / Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA)
Capacity Building
Civil Society
Fair Recruitment
Migrant Workers
Occupational Safety and Health
Temporary Foreign Workers
Women’s Empowerment
Worker Voice