Ambulantes

Ambulantes

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Overview

Ambulantes is an 18-month program that will provide information about migration and COVID-19 to internal migrant agricultural workers and their families in Mexico.

The program also aims to support local organizations to build stronger networks and capacity to support workers. This will better position agricultural workers to have safer migration journeys and be less vulnerable to labor exploitation. Ambulantes will capture shifts in labor migration trends and available services, yielding actionable insights that can inform future interventions.

Quick Facts

  • Ambulantes aims to reach 30,000 internal migrants and their family members through information campaigns, material distribution, information sessions, and other workshops.
  • The program aims to position at least 5 participating communities to have stronger systems to support vulnerable workers, and to support local organizations in these communities to build stronger networks and capacity to support workers.
  • Ambulantes plans to adjust its implementation as the pandemic develops, including the development and distribution of information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico.

Goals

  • Migrant workers and their families seek out and use accurate information about labor migration and COVID-19, and workers are better prepared to protect themselves.
  • Raise awareness of workers’ rights and services available to migrant workers.
  • Local civil society organizations better serve migrant agricultural workers and families in their communities with information and services about safe migration, preventing exploitation and trafficking in persons, and COVID-19 safety.
  • Develop community and sectoral level knowledge that will help to protect migrant agricultural workers and promote fair labor in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Project Activities

  • Program Assessments: Ambulantes will conduct a Gap Analysis and Security Assessment to inform programming and assess the long-term impacts that COVID-19 will have on agricultural labor migration. The project will identify which communities will most benefit from increased awareness of COVID-19 safety measures and fair labor practices. A Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Analysis will also identify the gender-based and cultural barriers which have led to mistreatment or unequal treatment of labor migrants and will look specifically to promote the social inclusion of women and girls, indigenous communities, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.
  • Public Information Campaign and Distribution of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): Using social media platforms, radio, and print materials, Ambulantes intends to spread information to migrant workers and families on workers’ rights, tips for safe migration, and services related to labor rights and healthcare. Ambulantes also plans to distribute PPE and print materials to migrants’ communities of origin so that workers can protect themselves while in transit to farms and upon arrival at work – regardless of existing workplace protections.
  • Local Capacity Building: In collaboration with local partners, Ambulantes aims to conduct in-person trainings that raise awareness of the risks of labor migration and help participants to avoid common employment abuses. Ambulantes will also strive to support the organizational performance of partners, assisting them in preventing exploitative labor practices before they occur.
  • Knowledge Sharing & Advocacy: Ambulantes aims to aggregate community-level data to create an interactive dashboard revealing regional trends in agricultural labor migration. Ambulantes also intends to convene governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to present project findings and brainstorm solutions around existing labor migration issues.

Funder

Project funding is provided by the Walmart Foundation.

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Contact

Dara Lipton, dlipton@irex.org

Tags

  • Civil Society
  • Americas
  • Mexico