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Migrant workers in Costa Rica: WILPF/limpal provides a forum.



As part of its ongoing effort to assist migrants, WILPF-Costa Rica sponsored a meeting in September 2008 to provide a safe space for migrant women to discuss their concerns. The meeting, which drew individual migrants as well as researchers in anthropology and sociology, offered a great opportunity for the women to exchange experiences, to strengthen their capacity to deal with difficulties surrounding their legal status and to confront discrimination.

Speakers from WILPF WILPF Women's International League for Peace and Freedom  and academic institutes sparked enthusiastic response from the 38 participants, mostly Nicaraguans and Colombians. All joined in discussions, theater work and painting. Grupo Mandinga's lively samba and salsa rhythms set the mood for dancing. A highlight was a video reflecting research on the indigenous groups migrating between Panama and Costa Rica Costa Rica (kŏs`tə rē`kə), officially Republic of Costa Rica, republic (2005 est. pop. 4,016,000), 19,575 sq mi (50,700 sq km), Central America. . The documentary depicted migrants' lives on the coffee-picking plantations, calling attention to the degree of exploitation they suffer and the need to expand solidarity work.

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Presentations and discussions touched on the difficulties faced by migrants trying to legalize le·gal·ize  
tr.v. le·gal·ized, le·gal·iz·ing, le·gal·iz·es
To make legal or lawful; authorize or sanction by law.



le
 their status due to the high cost of legal services legal services n. the work performed by a lawyer for a client.  and the requirement for certain documents from their country of origin, which are often difficult to obtain.

Lacking legal status makes them vulnerable to workplace exploitation, and so far the labor unions have failed to show solidarity by responding to migrants' needs. Connecting with International Labor Organisation resources is seen as a window of hope. Participants, who included representatives of migrant women's organizations This is a list of women's organisations. International
  • International Association of Charity - Worldwide Catholic charitable organization for women (founded 1617)
  • Relief Society - Worldwide charitable and educational organization of LDS women (founded 1842)
, agreed on the importance of following up in the areas of legalization LEGALIZATION. The act of making lawful.
     2. By legalization, is also understood the act by which a judge or competent officer authenticates a record, or other matter, in order that the same may be lawfully read in evidence. Vide Authentication.
 of migratory status and strengthening their organizations to confront discrimination in the workplace. WILPF-Costa Rica is most willing to continue its support.

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Our WILPF Section hosted, along with the Friends Peace Center, the Latin American Conference American Conference may refer to:
  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, an organization of professionals in the field of industrial hygiene.
  • American Unitarian Conference, an organization founded in 2000 by several Unitarian Universalists.
 Against the Use of Depleted Uranium. This event in early March 2009 drew media attention and helped spread the word about remediation and prevention efforts around the world and at the United Nations. For more on this international effort with a presence in 24 countries, see www.reachingcriticalwill.org.

Adilia Caravaca, Costa Rica
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Date:Jun 1, 2009
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