Justice in Motion

Protecting Migrant Rights Across Borders

aka Global Workers Justice Alliance   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  http://www.justiceinmotion.org

Mission

Justice in Motion protects migrant rights by ensuring justice across borders.

Ruling year info

2006

Founder and Executive Director

Cathleen Caron

Main address

PO Box 160128

Brooklyn, NY 11216 USA

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Formerly known as

Global Workers Justice Alliance

EIN

72-1597864

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

International Human Rights (Q70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Migration fuels our globalized world, but too often, justice stops at the border.

Many migrants suffer exploitation or abuse at the hands of employers or government officials. But in the face of overwhelming legal and practical barriers, they give up their rights after leaving the United States.

Other migrants who flee abuse, violence, and persecution are unable to remain in safety because they can't access the evidence that supports their claims.

These migrants need "portable justice": the right and ability to access justice across borders.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal Action: Winning Access to Justice for Migrants

Our legal action program ensures that migrants’ rights do not stop at the border. When migrants suffer labor exploitation or civil rights abuses in the U.S., their U.S. lawyers must work across borders to secure key evidence in their clients’ countries of origin, or to ensure that returned migrants receive justice even after they’ve left the U.S. Similarly, migrants who flee violence and persecution need legal assistance in the countries they escaped to obtain documents and evidence for immigration cases. Without cross-border legal support, these migrants are cut off from their rights.

Our legal action program provides migrants with access to justice across borders through three pathways. First, we match U.S. lawyers with members of our Defender Network to provide case support in their migrant clients’ countries of origin. Second, we train U.S. lawyers to take on – and succeed at – the crucial work of representing transnational migrants. Third, we support our Defender Network of Mexican and Central American human rights advocates in pursuing cases in migrant countries of origin for victims of foreign worker recruitment fraud and abuse.

Population(s) Served
Migrant workers
Immigrants and migrants

Informed by our cross-border legal work, Justice in Motion advances policy changes to protect the rights of migrants in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. Unscrupulous U.S. employers manipulate a huge array of temporary visa categories to avoid regulations and oversight and exploit migrant workers. In Mexico and Central America, foreign labor recruiters charge massive illegal fees to workers, or trick them into fronting money for jobs that don’t exist. Migrants arrive in the U.S. or Canada saddled with debt or in fear of punitive contracts, making them even more vulnerable to exploitation. Justice in Motion works with allies to (1) increase transparency in the complex and abuse-ridden U.S. temporary worker visa system, and (2) curb fraud and abuse in the foreign visa recruitment process in Mexico and Central America.

Population(s) Served
Migrant workers

Justice in Motion supports and channels resources to our network of more than 40 human rights organizations and private practitioners across Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Through trainings and customized resources, we build their capacity to carry out human rights work and to educate migrants in their communities, in collaboration with broader cross-border initiatives. Defenders increase their knowledge of labor and immigration issues across the region, as well as the legal and policy frameworks surrounding migration to the U.S. and Canada. By building the capacity of existing human rights defenders in Mexico and Central America, Justice in Motion supports the development of a broader and more sustainable body of advocates across the region, helping more migrants learn about and defend their rights for years to come.

Population(s) Served
Migrant workers
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of migrants who have access to justice across borders

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants, Migrant workers

Related Program

Legal Action: Winning Access to Justice for Migrants

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of legal cases supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants, Migrant workers

Related Program

Legal Action: Winning Access to Justice for Migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Defender Network: Building Capacity of Local Partners

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Trainings for our Defender Network of human rights lawyers and nonprofits throughout Mexico and Central America, so that they can better serve as community resources and advocates

Number of individuals attending briefings and presentations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants, Migrant workers

Related Program

Policy Advocacy: Improving Transparency and Migrant Protections

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Congressional staffers, policymakers, and agency officials whose work affects migrants in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Justice in Motion works to secure portable justice: the right and ability of all migrants to access justice across borders. We partner with human rights advocates across North and Central America to conduct concrete legal support work in migrant countries of origin, to advocate for better migrant protections across the region, and to educate migrants about their rights and the legal recourses available to them. Wherever migrants go, their rights should follow.

Justice in Motion works through three program areas: Legal Action, Policy Advocacy, and Capacity Building.

Our legal program comprises both concrete work on cross-border legal cases in defense of migrant rights, and education and advice to lawyers navigating cross-border challenges. Justice in Motion helps advocates win cases for migrants, ensuring that they can access justice for employment abuses or civil rights violations, or stay in safety in the U.S..

Through our policy program, Justice in Motion advocates for systemic changes on a regional level to secure lasting and meaningful protections for migrant workers. We work with policymakers and officials to achieve a more transparent U.S. temporary visa system, so that employers cannot flout regulations and exploit workers with impunity. We also educate Mexican and Central American policymakers and officials about the U.S. and Canadian migrant worker programs to help them recognize abuses, craft effective protections for their citizens, and better advocate for migrants.

Finally, we build the capacity of our network of human rights defenders in Mexico and Central America, equipping them to serve as expert resources and advocates for migrants in their communities.

Justice in Motion has been fighting for migrants' rights across borders since our founding in 2005. Over that time, we have developed a deep knowledge of the challenges faced by migrants and the legal and regulatory frameworks that shape their access to justice.

The Justice in Motion model is built for efficiency. With a lean team of experienced U.S. staffers, we deliver lasting impact by strengthening existing organizations and resources in migrant countries of origin. A broad base of human rights advocates already serves communities across Mexico and Central America. Through our Defender Network, we empower these advocates to take on a new issue area: defending migrant rights across borders.

Justice in Motion draws on our legal knowledge and regional perspective to forge powerful cross-border partnerships. We build Defenders' capacity through trainings, workshops, and resources, then connect them to U.S. and Canadian lawyers to collaborate on case work and share knowledge of their respective legal frameworks. These lawyers, in turn, can work more efficiently and effectively thanks to Defenders' on-the-ground assistance. This allows them to take on more cases and use their resources more effectively to win cases for more migrants.

Few organizations can offer the breadth of coordinated services that Justice in Motion provides. We are proud of the on-the-ground, cross-border expertise and the deeply-rooted networks that allow us to do so. We continually strive to increase our reach, capacity, and strategic influence in order to carry out our work at the highest possible standard and ensure portable justice for all migrants.

Labor Abuse and Exploitation: For more than a decade, Justice in Motion has secured access to justice for migrant workers who have endured inhumane working conditions, stolen wages, and threats to themselves or their families if they complained or sought legal help. Through our cross-border network of rights advocates, we have helped hundreds of migrants each year to pursue their legal cases even after returning to their countries of origin. In Fiscal Year 2018 alone (October 1 - September 31), we assisted approximately 689 migrant workers through employment-related legal actions in U.S. and Central American courts.

Abandonment, Violence, and Persecution: Justice in Motion has ensured access to justice across borders for hundreds of migrants escaping violence, abuse, and persecution. We have helped children in need of safety, asylum seekers, and crime victims by collecting crucial evidence in the countries from which they fled. In Fiscal Year 2018, we assisted 308 migrants by helping them to pursue immigration protections in the U.S.

Civil Rights: In Fiscal Year 2018, Justice in Motion helped 70 deported migrants to access justice for civil rights abuses -- from sleep torture in family detention centers, to family separation at the U.S. border (see http://justiceinmotion.org/family-separation).

Human Trafficking: Justice in Motion has combatted modern slavery by exposing the loopholes traffickers use to lure migrants to the U.S. on legal visas and then trap them in exploitative jobs. Through consistent work and coalition-building, we have helped to galvanize a body of advocates fighting trafficking and abuses under temporary visas. We publish and maintain an online resource for advocates and policymakers, Visa Pages, which summarizes the different temporary visas allowing work. Justice in Motion continues to push for transparency and better data reporting across all visa categories, so that policymakers and advocates can identify abusers and win justice for victims.

The Road Ahead: Ever-changing political realities for migrants will require flexible, collaborative responses across both the legal and the policy spheres. Justice in Motion will continue to serve as a bridge linking lawyers, policymakers, government officials, and organizations across borders, fields, and issue areas. We see the connections between a broken temporary visa system, rampant exploitation of migrant workers, the weakening of legal services to address labor abuses, and a humanitarian immigration crisis. Part of our shared work in the coming years will be to articulate these connections in ways that are precise, useful, and powerful. We will draw on the on-the-ground experience of our Defenders, the legal and policy expertise of our staff and partners, and our overarching cross-border perspective to make portable justice a reality.

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Justice in Motion

Board of directors
as of 1/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Fryberger

Director of Development, Montclair State University

Term: 2015 -

Cathleen Caron

Justice in Motion

Beth Lyon

Cornell Law School

Mark Caron

Gretchen Kuhner

Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI)

Susan Fryberger

Montclair State University

Sabrina LeBlanc

Lucrecia Oliva

Robert Satterwhite

Odgers Berndtson

Christa Stewart

Immigrant Justice Corps

Maria Odom

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Ken Pasquale

Strook & Strook & Lavan LLP

Christian Muñoz-Vázquez

S & P Global Ratings

Eleanor Nordholm

Wyche Law Firm

Marc Taylor

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

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