IN LETTER TO MEXICAN AMBASSADOR BÁRCENA, GLA ENCOURAGES TRANSPARENCY IN MEXICAN HIRING OF CUBAN MEDICAL WORKERS
On June 17, GLA addressed Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Martha Bárcena Coqui in a letter, requesting that Mexico answer Mexican Senator Alejandra Noemi Reynoso Sánchez’s request for more details about the role of Cuban medical professionals in Mexico. While the Mexican government repeatedly denied having contracted Cuba’s “medical missions” in 2019 and 2020, GLA and Sen. Reynoso received credible information about the presence of Cuban health workers.
In the letter, GLA urged the Mexican government to have full transparency about any relationship with Cuban medical workers for several key foreign policy and human rights reasons. As the letter states: “Both the United States and Mexico are partners in combatting human trafficking and supporting democratic efforts in the Americas. These two goals are especially important regarding Cuba. They are connected in a variety of ways to U.S. policies and laws.” GLA also defended the medical workers “fundamental right to work,” and to do so “with the full consent of the worker for wages the worker helps negotiate.”
You can read the full letter below. GLA is dedicated to defending the rule of law and individual fundamental rights, such as the right to negotiate one’s own wages, around the world. Read more about GLA’s global advocacy on our website.