Transnational Experts Discuss Environmental, Labor Effects of NAFTA as New Negotiations Kick Off in Mexico City Spanish-Language Webinar Open to Public & Press

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Transnational Experts Discuss Environmental, Labor Effects of NAFTA as New Negotiations Kick Off in Mexico City Spanish-Language Webinar Open to Public & Press

Sara McElmurry: 312-351-3890 or smcelmurry@alianzaamericas.org

The next round of negotiations around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are set to begin on February 25 in Mexico City. Alianza Americas, a transnational network of immigrant-led organizations, has been closely following the months-long process to craft the next iteration of the trade agreement, originally minted in 1994. The group is raising awareness about the consequences of global trade, including the erosion of protections for both workers and the environment across borders.

As the Trump administration blames NAFTA for the loss of 700,000 jobs for US workers, economic indicators suggest that global trade has brought wage stagnation and growing inequality to partner nations. Since NAFTA’s implementation in 1994, Mexico’s per capita GDP has grown just 1 percent, lower than the Latin American average of 1.4 percent, and inequality has increased. Mexican workers, displaced from their jobs in core sectors of the Mexican economy, have sought opportunities in the United States but have been largely unwelcomed by outdated immigration policy. Unemployment in the US is virtually unchanged from 1994, but the nature of that work has shifted, with workers moving into lower paying sectors.

WHAT: Alianza Americas is partnering with the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, the Fray Matias de Córdoba Human Rights Center in Mexico City, and the Sierra Club to offer a Spanish-language webinar on the challenges and opportunities presented by global trade and what to expect from NAFTA’s next iteration. The webinar is open to the press, and will include presentations from:

  • Rita Robles Benítez, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Matías de Córdova
  • Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Director of Trade Policy and Global Governance, Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Ben Beachy, Director of Responsible Trade Program, The Sierra Club

An English-language version of the webinar, coordinated in August 2017, is available here.

WHEN: The Spanish-language webinar will be held February 28, 2-3:30pm CST. The webinar is free but registration is required: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RgxIrfAuSc6nTi5Ataajzw

INTERVIEWS: Bilingual (English/Spanish) interviews are available with panelists before and after the webinar. In the coming weeks, Alianza Americas will announce plans to launch the second phase of its “Good Jobs, Good Neighbors” tour, which will visit US cities to discuss themes related to migration, labor and trade with core stakeholders. Alianza Americas launched the first phase of this tour in the fall of 2017, touring three states in the Midwest. For more information or to request an interview, contact Sara McElmurry at smcelmurry@alianzaamericas.org .

Alianza Americas is a network of 50 immigrant-led organizations representing more than 100,000 families across the United States. It is the only US-based organization rooted in Latino and Caribbean immigrant communities that works transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable way of life. Learn more at alianzaamericas.org.

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