Today, on the last day of a very challenging year, I’m thinking about the times to come when we’ll be together again. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce a new and exciting project: advancing migrant justice around the United 2026 FIFA World Cup! Hosted in cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico, this World Cup is a unique opportunity to raise labor standards for workers across sectors — from construction and hospitality to manufacturing and transportation — and throughout the world. And we need you on our team.
Through the project Mexico United 2026, CDM and allies will identify, prevent, and mitigate the impacts on labor rights and human rights guarantees. Mexico United 2026 combines organizing, coalition-building and media advocacy efforts to hold stakeholders accountable for their commitments to human rights.
We’re especially proud to be collaborating with our allies at Partners of the Americas, Centro de Reflexión y Acción Laboral (CEREAL) and the Red de Mujeres Sindicalistas (RMS) in this project.
We’ve seen the dangers that come with ignoring human rights in these high-profile events. Reports from Qatar have revealed dire conditions faced by the two million migrant workers involved in building the stadiums, metros and roads for the 2022 World Cup — forced labor, unpaid wages and excessive working hours.
2026 may seem far away, but the crucial work must be done now to protect workers across the region. In January, candidate host cities will engage stakeholders and respond to questions about their human rights plans, as they compete for selection. The range of sectors and geographies and the number of workers involved in this event indicate the stakes are high — and CDM’s transnational model means we’re uniquely positioned to raise labor standards around this event. The region is going to be under incredible scrutiny, and we can set new precedents for labor and migrant worker rights in the Americas as well as future World Cup host countries.
That’s where you come in. We’re looking to build out this project, expanding our advocacy efforts to the US and Canada. We have already begun to engage with bid committees to shape their human rights plans as they compete in the host city selection process. Your donation will be crucial as we grow this exciting project.
We can’t do it alone — will you support our work in raising labor standards across the region?