Mission of Women on the Border

Women on the Border is a Texas-based 501c3 non profit organization engaged in educational projects involving contact with women who are fighting against abuses by U.S. based investor corporations under the North American Free Trade Agreement. We are dedicated to supporting the workers in their efforts to bring about justice in the maquiladoras.

Workers complain regularly of the following:  non-living wages, exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace, verbal and sexual harassment, abuse from supervisors and threats of discipline of firing for not keeping up with brutal work schedules; pay at hundreds of factories as just not enough to feed and support a family; no or improper training for working around dangerous machinery or chemicals as a standard feature throughout the industries.  Many workers suffer from chronic illnesses because of the toxicity in the workplace.

Women on the Border’s educational mission seeks to connect the experiences at the Mexican border with globalization worldwide.


Writer, attorney, Lawprof Emerita from Northern Illinois University.
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