Mexico

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$500,000
To strengthen democratic and independent worker organizations that reflect the composition of the workforce and represent the concerns and interests of workers in the auto-parts, telecommunications, and ports sectors. The Solidarity Center will continue to conduct workshops, provide technical assistance and facilitate communication among unions. Additionally, the Solidarity Center will work to improve the capacity of independent unions to use international labor rights instruments as well as share experiences and skill-building with key international allies.

Centro de Derechos Humanos y Asesoría a Pueblos Indígenas (Center for Human Rights and Assistance for Indigenous Peoples or CEDHAPI)
$34,550
To promote human rights among the Chatino indigenous group of Oaxaca State. Through a series of intensive workshops, CEDHAPI will train a network of human rights defenders to serve as references for their communities. The human rights defenders will gain the ability to disseminate information about human rights, to document human rights violations, and to access experts about protection of these rights.

Centro de Encuentros y Diálogos (Center for Meetings and Dialogue or CED)
$48,100
To foster avenues for citizen participation and consensus building with government officials at the municipal and state levels in Morales State. Through citizenship schools in eight municipalities, CED will train citizens on the design and implementation of public policy. CED will facilitate discussion of the current state-level citizen participation law and possibilities for regulating its implementation. CED will also sponsor radio programs where citizens can interact with their local authorities.

Colectivo de Investiga ción, Desarrollo y Educación entre Mujeres (Collective for Investigation, Development, and Education among Women or CIDEM)
$56,200
To promote women’s participation in media and improve women’s rights, especially in rural areas. CIDEM will conduct training workshops for 60 indigenous and non-indigenous women radio broadcasters to strengthen their political and technical capacities. To promote public policies that protect women, workshop participants will design and implement regional advocacy plans.

Consejo Regional Indígena y Popular de X’pujil (Indigenous and Popular Regional Council of X’pujil for Citizen Input CRIPX)
$30,000
To facilitate citizen forums, identify community priorities, and discuss ideas for municipal reform in 24 communities in Calakmul, Campeche State. Through a consultative process, CRIPX will draft a citizen proposal for local government reform to promote a more open and consultative government structure. The proposal will also advocate for increased citizen input into and oversight of public projects and the use of natural resources.

Libertad de Información México (Freedom of Information Mexico or LIMAC)
$57,000
To promote freedom of expression and protection for journalists in Mexico. LIMAC will draft a book documenting freedom of expression violations and aggression against journalists as well as the government response. LIMAC will also continue to advocate for reform of defamation legislation at both the federal and state levels and will litigate or provide advice on judicial cases regarding access to information and freedom of expression.

Seguridad Ciudadana (Citizen Security)
$45,510
To help improve public security by basing policy recommendations on data and statistics. Seguridad Ciudadana will design indicators to evaluate the performance of the public security sector. Based on these findings, Seguridad Ciudadana will formulate public policy and budget allocation recommendations to decrease impunity and increase public security.

Servicios para una Educación Alternativa (Services for an Alternative Education or EDUCA)
$40,000
To encourage indigenous participation in municipal government in Oaxaca. EDUCA will conduct workshops to train participants to use existing citizen participation tools and will provide tailored technical assistance to four indigenous municipalities. EDUCA will also coordinate a study of indicators of indigenous participation so that municipalities and NGOs can more effectively target reforms to increase citizen participation.