WOB was founded in 2000 to support the empowerment of women working in the NAFTA factories (maquiladoras) at the U.S.-Mexico border.
In 2020 we remain allies of the working women who are fighting for workplace justice through the Comité Fronterizo de Obreras (the CFO). Through their activism these volunteers teach each other the relevant Mexican labor law that helps them file and win grievances against abusive managers of factories owned by American multinational companies. They teach workers to challenge unsafe workplace practices leading to injury and chronic damage to their health and that of their families and communities.
In 2020, in the hostile Trump era and post the adoption of NAFTA 2.0 (USMCA), WOB is committed to raising awareness of the impact of global economics and trade politics in the lives of women and families who work in the maquiladoras.
Of course since 2017 life in the borderlands has dramatically changed. The Mexican border is now heavily militarized and more hostile than ever to migrants, workers and people of color. It is an ongoing site of international strife and conflict.
Humanitarian issues have arisen as a result of these conflicting interests between and among workers, migrants, corporations that have ousourced to Mexico and corporatioins that profit from jailing migrants and undocumented residents.
For these reasons WOB is committed to its primary mission of providing public information about how the rhetoric of corporate free trade and policy intersect with anti-migrant and anti-worker freedom concerns.
All of our online materials are available to help researchers, activists and allies of workers in the struggle for fair and just treatment in the global factories of the world.
WOMEN ON THE BORDER, has been registered since 2001 as a 501C3 organization. DONATE TO OUR WORK.