Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families

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Please join the NNIRR in seeking ratification of the UN Convention on the Protection of Rights for All Migrant workers and Members of Their Families, also known as the Migrant Workers Convention or "MWC".

Sign the Call for Support! Over the coming months (and likely, years) we will be raising awareness among policy makers and the public to urge that the U.S. affirm its commitment to the human rights of immigrants by ratifying the Convention. Our education campaign will make the links between international protections enshrined in the MWC and other international agreements to our own fight for equality and justice for immigrants in this country. And, ratification by the U.S. would send a signal to the rest of world about this country's support for human rights.

The International Convention on the Protection of Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (also known as the Migrant Workers Convention), provides the first comprehensive definition of an “international migrant,” and identifies the protections that are essential to migrants and their families, such as the same rights to education and healthcare as national citizens. The UN General Assembly approved the Migrant Workers Convention on December 18, 1990, in response to growing international interest and concerns in addressing the issue of global migration. It went into affect in July 2003 after the minimum 20 countries had ratified or acceded to it.

To date, 47 countries have ratified or acceded to the Migrant Workers Convention, including Mexico and the Philippines; another 18 countries have "signed" as an inidicator or possible ratification or accession. Although the US was one of the nations involved in the original drafting of the document, it continues to withhold support as do all major migrant-receiving countries around the world. 

Click here to sign the Pledge of Support as an individual.

Click here to sign the Pledge of Support on behalf of an organization.

Read or download a summary of the convention here.

Read and share an informational flyer on the Convention.