The RADAR Program

RADAR is a program created by ProDESC to help eradicate violations to human labor rights against women and men workers during the process to recruit workers for seasonal employment in the United States (USA) under the H-2A and H-2B visa system.

 

The program works as follows: reports on human labor rights violations are collected; the product and work supply chains linked to these violations are investigated (focusing on both the production and distribution process); notification is sent out to the employers involved, the supply chain actors, and the government organizations in charge of complying with the human labor rights legislation in the recruitment process. With this information, RADAR seeks to create incentives so that all the stakeholders benefitting from this system contribute to the implementation of a more ethical recruitment process.

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Los fraudes y los cobros indebidos durante los procesos de reclutamiento son una de las principales violaciones a los derechos humanos laborales que ocurren en contra de las y los trabajadores migrantes temporales; sin embargo, también suceden abusos durante su estancia y trabajo en el país del norte, e incluso tras su regreso a México.

 

El programa RADAR apela a las leyes laborales ya existentes en EU para hacer efectiva la responsabilidad solidaria de los empleadores estadounidenses por abusos cometidos por sus reclutadores mexicanos. La manera más directa y justa de cambiar el comportamiento de los reclutadores, cuya actividad depende de la demanda de mano de obra de los empleadores, es enfocarse en la responsabilidad solidaria, los empleadores y los actores dentro de las cadenas de suministro.

VIOLATED HUMAN RIGHTS:

  • The right to freedom of association
  • The right to collective bargaining
  • The right to non-discrimination in the workplace
  • The right to equal wages

RADAR’S ACTION PROTOCOL INCLUDES 5 STEPS:

  • Collecting information and organizing training campaigns – Investigating supply chains
  • Notifying actors: employers, brands with entrepreneurial social responsibility policies or with codes of conduct including social responsibility, and
  • The Labor and Social Security Department
  • Offering employers viable alternatives for ethical recruitment
  • Feeding a database for the RADAR Program that incorporates all the information regarding the report, the investigation of the supply chains, and notifications to RADAR’s technological platform