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U.S. –Mexican Partnerships Improve Access to Worker Information and Nutrition Programs

Mexico City
07-22-04

“The two agreements just signed between the Departments of Labor and Agriculture and the Mexican government reflect our shared commitment with Mexico to improve working conditions, living standards and the rights of all workers in our two countries,” said U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza.

To improve access to information and understanding of Mexican workers’ rights, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed July 21 a Joint Declaration and Letters of Agreement to improve the working conditions and living standards of Mexican workers in the United States.

“The agreement will afford Mexican workers the full protection of U.S. labor laws through information sharing, outreach, education and training,” the Ambassador said.

One of the priorities is to increase worker protections in the low-wage industries that often employ high numbers of immigrant workers. The DOL Wage and Hour agency has stepped up distribution to immigrant workers of wallet-sized cards listing worker protections and a toll-free help line to call.

A second agreement signed by Secretary Derbez in Washington today is with the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). “This partnership will promote improved access to nutrition assistance information and programs for the traditionally underserved Hispanic population,” the Ambassador noted.

Many Mexicans in the U.S. may be unaware of their eligibility for Food Stamps, Special Supplemental Nutrition Programs for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and school meal programs. Mexican consulates throughout the United States will act as access points for providing this information to their constituents.

For further information on these activities:
http://www.dol.gov
http://www.usda.gov/EnEspanol and http://www.usda.gov/FoodAndNutrition

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