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 matches U.S. lawyers with Justice in Motion Defenders who provide concrete cross-border support in migrants’ countries of origin. Through these partnerships, we ensure “portable justice”—the right and ability for migrants to access justice across borders. These partnerships help U.S. lawyers overcome the procedural, technical, and logistical challenges presented by cross-border cases—for instance, serving legal documents, finding evidence, or facilitating remote testimony. We expand the impact of our Legal Action work by providing training, publications, and expert advice to help more lawyers have the knowledge and confidence to take on the crucial work of representing transnational migrants.

Population(s) Served
Migrant workers
Immigrants and migrants

Informed by our cross-border work, Justice in Motion advances policy changes to combat human trafficking and protect the rights of migrants who travel between Central America, Mexico, and the U.S. We conduct targeted educational efforts to equip lawmakers, government officials, and policy advocates across the region with the knowledge and understanding of the legal frameworks shaping migration and common abuses of transnational migrant workers to advance smart, effective policies that promote the rights of migrants. We recently began growing our policy work to include immigration protection in addition to labor migration.

Population(s) Served
Migrant workers

The core of our portable justice model is the Justice in Motion Defender Network, a unique coalition of over 45 trusted local human rights lawyers and organizations in key areas of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. We identify highly-skilled local partners and invite them to join the Network. We provide members of the Defender Network (“Defenders”) with ongoing training in U.S. law, policies, and rights of migrants. We hold regular Network gatherings so Defenders can learn from one another and build collaborative relationships that strengthen our collective reach and impact. We also regularly bring together U.S. legal advocates and Defenders to share knowledge and build initiatives together.

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

Context Notes

In Fiscal Year 2021, we worked on 735 total cross-border collaborations, including our work helping to reunify families

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

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 to pursue their legal cases even after returning to their countries of origin. 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.

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 2021 alone, we supported 186 protection cases and 71 cases to help expedite the safe release of children from U.S. immigration custody and reunite them with their families.

Family Reunification: Justice in Motion has a key, ongoing role helping to reunite families who were separated at the U.S. - Mexico border under "Zero Tolerance" and related policies. Defenders have been conducting on-the-ground searches for otherwise "unreachable parents" and are helping parents who were deported without their children access every available opportunity for reunification, justice, and healing.

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.

Financials

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Justice in Motion

Board of directors
as of 04/12/2022
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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