NSC Partners with Mexican Consulate on Anti-Human Trafficking Education Efforts
Nationalities Service Center’s Anti-Human Trafficking Project participated in the Philadelphia Mexican Consulate’s Labor Rights Week, which ran from August 29th until September 2nd. The event provides numerous forums for local social service providers and government agencies to present to Mexican nationals living in the Philadelphia area on their rights as workers in the United States. It is an excellent opportunity to provide information on services available to workers who may have experienced exploitation in their workplace.
In the run up to the week, Project Staff Attorney Chris Setz-Kelly appeared on the local Spanish language radio station Philatinos Radio with consulate staff Alejandra Olivares and Carlos Torres, as well as Diana Luna of Friends of Farmworkers, to promote Labor Rights Week and impart information on the legal protections and local services available to workers.
During Labor Rights Week, Project Case Manager Stephanie Blakeman presented on human trafficking to Mexican nationals in the Consulate waiting room and taught them how to identify potential victims in their own lives and refer them to services. Stephanie was also able to provide information about NSC’s other services such as English classes and legal assistance to those interested at the Consulate.
The week culminated with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NSC and the Consulate, which fortified an existing relationship between the two agencies. NSC Executive Director Margaret Sullivan and Consul Alicia Kerber signed the document which provides that NSC will continue to provide human trafficking training and other related presentations to Consul staff and Mexican nationals. Trafficking victims identified through these efforts will be referred to NSC for social and legal services. Consul Gerber expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, recalling fondly work done in her previous posting in Kansas City with trafficking victim service providers.
NSC is excited to continue our fruitful relationship with the Consulate. The Philadelphia Consulate provides a vast array of services to their nationals in the metropolitan area and by leveraging their relationship with the Consulate, NSC’s Anti-Human Trafficking Project has been able to provide important information and screen a large number of Mexican nationals for trafficking throughout the Delaware River Valley.