The Role of Consulates
Foreign consulates play an essential role in assisting their citizens, like yourself, who are working in the United States. Consulates are offices established by your home country's government to provide support and services to their nationals living or working abroad. The Department of Labor cares about rights for all workers, including those from other countries. That's why they've partnered with the embassies of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, and their consulates, to make sure you have the information and help you need while working in the United States.
Here's how the partnership with these embassies can benefit you:
- Information and help: The Department of Labor, along with embassies and consulates, wants to make sure you know about your rights at work. Together they will provide you with important information and assistance in a way that is easy to understand.
- Learning opportunities: They may offer special sessions or workshops close to where you work and live to explain work rules, fair pay, and job safety. These sessions are designed to teach you what you need to know to protect yourself while working in the U.S.
- Sharing useful materials: DOL offices throughout the U.S. work in partnership with local consulates to share useful materials that explain how to report problems at work or ask for help. These materials are available in different languages so you can easily access and understand them.
- Finding support: If you face any problems or violations of your rights, the Department of Labor and the nearest consulate in your area can guide you to the right place for help. They will help you get the support you need, even if you are not familiar with the system.
Remember, DOL and its partnership embassies and consulates are here to help you. They want to make sure you are treated fairly and have a safe work environment. If you have any questions or need assistance with your rights at work including how to file a complaint, don't hesitate to reach out to them. They are on your side and are committed to supporting you throughout your work journey in the United States.
Below you will find the phone numbers for the main embassy of our country partners. Let them know that you are calling to get help with questions or concerns you have about your job or workplace, and they will provide you with the number of the nearest consulate.
- Embassy of Mexico in the U.S.: (520) 623-7874
- Embassy of Guatemala in the U.S: (202) 745-4953
- Embassy of Honduras in the U.S.: (202) 966 4596
- Embassy of El Salvador in the U.S.: (202) 595-7500
Labor Rights Week
Welcome to Labor Rights Week in the United States, a collaborative effort between the Mexican Embassy and its network of 52 consulates, along with the U.S. Department of Labor and other federal labor agencies. This partnership highlights the commitment of both nations to ensuring labor rights, promoting safe and healthful workplaces, and full payment of wages protected under federal law.
This week serves as a celebration and recognition of the fundamental rights of all workers across the nation, encompassing a range of local level activities aimed at promoting awareness, education and advocacy for labor rights in the United States. Each year, during the week that precedes Labor Day, various events and initiatives are organized through consulates and federal labor agency field offices to engage workers, employers, organizations and communities. Some common types of activities that take place during Labor Rights Week are:
- Workshops and training sessions
- Outreach and education campaigns
- Community events and fairs
- Legal assistance and consultations*
- Media campaigns
These activities during Labor Rights Week serve to empower workers, strengthen labor protections, and foster a culture of respect and fairness in the workplace. By engaging individuals, organizations and communities, Labor Rights Week contributes to the broader goal of ensuring dignity, equality, and justice for all workers.
* In some cases, Labor Rights Week may offer opportunities for workers to receive legal advice, consultations, or referrals to seek help on potential labor rights violations.