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FEDZAC seeks to consolidate more projects in 2014

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Federacion Zacatecana continues its mission to help the economic and social development of communities in the state of Zacatecas, which together with the support of Zacatecas migrants in the United States have continued on the path of growth through the productive projects.

So far this 2014 AC Zacatecana Federation is working on the development of more and new production projects in the 2×1 Program for Migrants, which arise from the concern of migrants benefit their families and their communities.

Currently is working FEDZAC resource management to drive these projects amounting to more than 4 million in Federal and State participation in government, which is expected to achieve the consolidation of at least 7 new entrepreneurial projects at various points the state of Zacatecas.

With the above FEDZAC reaffirms its commitment as an ally of migrants in both Mexico and the United States, so they can jump-start the infrastructure that allows them to generate productive jobs and sources in the region, and achieve new development paths to Zacatecas.

FEDZAC hereby extends an invitation for people interested in starting a business and start a new productive enterprise to our offices where we will help you start your project and start with the steps for obtaining resource approaches 2×1 Program .

FEDZAC also offers other business support services through which aim to ensure the proper functioning and sustainability of each project begins with us.


Second UN High-level Dialogue results in convergence

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For only the second time ever, United Nations’ Member States organized a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) on 3 and 4 October 2013.

Global civil society invited governments to commit to five years of collaboration on a set of key priorities on international migration and development, including addressing questions like how to regulate private agencies that recruit, place and often abuse foreign workers, how to better respond to boat people and other migrants seriously hurt or traumatized in migration journeys -many at the hands of merciless human traffickers, smugglers and other criminals, how to set and achieve global goals for development that provide countries and people with decent work at home and opportunities to migrate safely, legally and affordably, how to build and strengthen rights-based systems for legal labour migration and decent working and living conditions, integration and options for citizenship in countries of destination, and how to further promote the positive engagement of migrants and diaspora communities in the countries to and from which they have migrated.

Although no firm commitments came out of the HLD, global civil society was struck by the enormous convergence among many governments, international organizations, and civil society groups around a set of key priorities that must be urgently addressed.

In particular, civil society was struck by the great number of similarities and complementarities existing between Civil Society’s 5-Year-Action Plan and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moons’ “8 point action agenda” (Available Here), Peter Sutherland’s 10 points (Available Here) and IOM’s 6 points (Available Here), as well as the Mexican-facilitated milestone Declaration that UN Member States adopted unanimously at the HLD (Available Here).

The widest convergence centered on 6 issues:

  • Adding specific references, targets and indicators regarding migration and diaspora in the post-2015 development agenda when the current “Millennium Development Goals” expire.
  • Collecting and advancing existing principles and practices in an organized operational framework for providing protection and assistance to migrants in crises, beginning with conflict and disaster situations, but also looking at migrant victims of trauma and violence in transit.
  • Reforming the migrant worker recruitment industry. Civil society noted repeated references by states at the HLD to the importance of this issue.Promoting the ratification and effective implementation of the new ILO Domestic Workers Convention (C 189).
  • Addressing the needs of children in the context of migration, in particular the plight of unaccompanied children, and structuring alternatives to the detention of children.
  • Reducing the costs of migration

The GFMD Civil Society Coordinating Office prepared a short matrix presenting that convergence.


The GFMD Civil Society Days

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The GFMD Civil Society Days will be held on 12 – 13 May at the Münchenbryggeriet Conference Centre in Stockholm, Sweden. The Common Space with Governments will be held at the same venue on 14 May, and the GFMD Government Days will take place at the same location on 15-16 May.

Global civil society embraces the 2014 GFMD as the first global opportunity to capitalize on the outcomes of the 2013 High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development and to drive forward civil society Five Year Action Agenda.

Here are a selection of important documents for you about the GFMD 2014 to download and read:

Apart from the programme, which you will have to download separately from the list above, we also have a .zip file that contains all the relevant conference documents.


About the GFMD Civil Society Days

As the first major event after the 2013 United Nations High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD), the GFMD Civil Society Days will once again bring together more than 200 migrant and civil society leaders from all over the world. At the HLD, global civil society was struck by the enormous convergence among many governments, international organizations, and civil society groups around a set of key priorities that must urgently be addressed – including ensuring migration and migrants’ rightful place on the post-2015 agenda, protecting migrants in crisis and transit, reforming the migrant worker recruitment industry, and more.

Civil society worldwide can seize the 2014 GFMD as the first global opportunity to capitalize on this convergence, drive forward civil society’s 5-year 8-point Action Plan, and urge governments to commit to further dialogue, practical cooperation and change.

Out of 780 applicants, 270 have been selected to participate as civil society delegates in 2014 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). Applicants were notified of their selection the last week of March. This selection was performed by an International Steering Committee (ISC), comprised of civil society leaders from every sector of civil society and region around the world.

Like in previous years, every delegate must make his or her own travel, accommodation and visa arrangements! Participants who applied for funding support to participate in the GFMD Civil Society Days, will receive an email within a week of their acceptance notice, indicating if any of the very limited such funding will be available them.


MADE Network: A gate to development for civil society

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Building upon the widening cooperation and convergence among hundreds of civil society groups all over the world the past years, a global Migration And DEvelopment (MADE) network for and by civil society will be launched at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Civil Society Days in Stockholm, on 12-13 May 2014.

With more people than ever before moving to other countries, it is ever more important for civil society to advocate for policies and practices that ensure the well-being and human dignity of the more than 232 million migrants, diaspora and families, and facilitate their contributions to the development of the communities they live in and come from. Prompted by the need to consistently and collectively step-up civil society’s global advocacy efforts and cooperation with governments, MADE aims to connect and strengthen regional networks and thematic groups of civil society around the world. It will do so by working closely together with existing civil society networks, such as the Global Coalition on Migration, Migrants Rights International, the PanAfrican Network in Defense of Migrants’ Rights, the NGO Committee on Migration, and other networks active in Europe and beyond, with a goal of increasing the capacity of organizations and networks to cooperate and speak in unified voices.

Driving forward civil society’s recommendations from the GFMD and the 5-year 8-point Action Plan that civil society proposed to governments during the UN High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD) in October 2013, the MADE movement will concentrate on issues such as:

  • Safe labour migration and reforming the migrant worker recruitment industry
  • Migrants and diaspora as entrepreneurs, social investors, and policy advocates and partners for human development in countries of origin, heritage and destination
  • The rights-based global governance of migration and development and ensuring migration and migrants’ potential to positively contribute to development is recognized and upheld in the post-2015 agenda through goals and indicators
  • The protection of migrant rights, en route and in countries of destination

At the same time, the MADE network is also intended to be able to respond to current events, crises and opportunities. Evolving out of civil society’s “self” organizing for the GFMD and HLD since 2011, and coordinated by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), the MADE network will work directly with partners around the world, under the guidance of an International Steering Committee comprised of development and human rights NGOs, diaspora and labour organizations, academia and the private sector. The network will be open to civil society organizations worldwide.

In addition to global activities, MADE will start by connecting three regional civil society networks and three global thematic civil society working groups. These networks and working groups, which will be managed by specific partners committed to working with existing
organizations, are:

  • MADE Africa – coordinated by Caritas Sénégal and the Caritas Africa network
  • MADE Asia – coordinated by Migrant Forum in Asia
  • MADE Americas – coordinated by the International Network on Migration and Development (INMD), and the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN), supported by Fundación Scalabrini Chile
  • MADE working group on diaspora, migrants and development – coordinated by diaspora organization the African Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC)
  • MADE working group on the global governance of migration and development – coordinated by development organization Cordaid
  • MADE working group on labour migration and recruitment – coordinated by migrant rights organization Migrant Forum in Asia

Benefitting from initial funding support for three years from the European Commission, and still seeking co-funding, activities of the MADE network include regional and thematic migration and development conferences before, during and after the GFMD, joint global and regional MADE newsletters, advocacy reports and campaigns, and online and offline exchange of practices and experiences. A small pilot seed fund will also be available, to allow organizations to implement advocacy and policy actions on the ground in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Members of the MADE network will also come together annually during the civil society program of the GFMD.

After the official launch of the MADE network at the GFMD Civil Society Days in Stockholm, Sweden, civil society across the world will be able to join and help lead the movement


Material: Do you know what to do in case of deportation?

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Here is a manual developed by the Appleseed Foundation, for whose realization was attended by Efraín Jiménez, president of FEDZAC.

Manual En caso de Deportación

Este manual ha sido generosamente financiado de forma parcial por Annie E. Casey Foundation. Se agradece a la fundación por todo su apoyo. Appleseed también agradece a:


DLA Piper (through Elizabeth Dewey) Skadden Arps (through Ron Tabak)

Project Attorneys

Monami Chakrabati – Skadden Renee Chantler – DLA Piper Joshua Dilk
Sean Doyle

Ron Eden
Jill Falor
Ebba Gebisa – Skadden
Heather Giannandrea
Elizabeth Harlan – Skadden
Justin Heather – Skadden
Richard Hindman – Skadden
Collin Janus – Skadden
Rose Jenkins – Skadden
Philip Jensen – DLA Piper
Masha Khazan – Skadden
Steven Krause
Luke Laumann
Alan Limbach – DLA Piper
Qian Linghu
Erika Lucas – DLA Piper
John Lynch
Kevin Mack – Skadden
Tina Mitsis
Christia Pritts – DLA Piper
Eunice Rho
Patrick Rickerfor
William Robertson
Nicola Rosenstock
Kathleen Scott
James Stillwaggon
Carlos Sole – DLA Piper
Kathleen Tam – Skadden
Ronald Yin – DLA Piper
Kathryn Youker – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Project Advisors

Tanisha Bowens ‐ Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. Alison Brown ‐ Peck Law Firm, LLC
Rob Dorton‐ Lutheran Immigration Services

Oliver Bush Espinosa ‐ Director de Relaciones Interinstitu‐ cionales, Instituto Nacional de Migración, Secretaria de Gobernación

Efrain Jimenez ‐ Zacatecas Hometown Association in Los Angeles

Linda Paulson ‐ Foundation Communities
Kevin Ruser ‐ The University of Nebraska‐Lincoln Legal

Carlos Salinas ‐ Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Norma Ang Sánchez ‐ Directora de Protección para Estados

Unidos, Dirección General de Protección a Mexicanos en el Exterior, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores SER Paromita Shah ‐ National Immigration Project of the National

Lawyers Guild
Tracey Whitley ‐ Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Appleseed Financial Access and Asset Building Project

Executive Director: Betsy Cavendish

Report Contributors:
Jordan Vexler, Deputy Director, Appleseed Financial Access

and Asset Building Project *
Benet Magnuson, Kaufman‐Skirnick Fellow, Appleseed

Financial Access and Asset Building Project ** Annette LoVoi, Director, Appleseed Financial Access and

Asset Building Project
Ann Baddour, Senior Policy Analyst, Texas Appleseed Tammy Bersherse, Attorney, South Carolina Appleseed Jennifer Ching, Director, New York Appleseed
Jeremy Cook, Deputy Communications Director, Appleseed Maru Cortazar, Executive Director, México Appleseed
Shay Farley, Legal Director, Alabama Appleseed
Becky Gould, Executive Director, Nebraska Appleseed Heather Jones, Grants Manager, Appleseed
Rebecca Lightsey, Executive Director, Texas Appleseed Malcolm Rich, Executive Director, Chicago Appleseed Zaraí Salvador‐Mátar, Operations Director, México

Zayne Smith, Immigration Policy Fellow, Alabama


*Project Director **Project Coordinator

Vicky Cojab, Intern, México Appleseed