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ECUADOR: FIRST COUNTRY TO SIGN AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO PREVENT EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST IMMIGRANTS

The Embassy of Ecuador and the United States Department of Justice commemorated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to prevent job discrimination against people based on their immigration status, nationality, or country of origin.

This is the first such agreement the U.S. Department of Justice has signed with a foreign country, and establishes a partnership between the Embassy of Ecuador in Washington, DC, Ecuadorian consulates and the Department of Justice aimed at promoting access to information and guidance on the rights of Ecuadorian immigrants with any form of work authorization in the United States. Ecuadorian immigrants may verify whether they or their compatriots have been victims of employment discrimination, based on their immigration status, through the us of resources that the Department of Justice offers to prevent these practices.

The Ambassador of Ecuador in the United States, Francisco Borja Cevallos, said: “These agreements are vital to ensure that the Ecuadorian community in the United States is informed of its rights and the different resources that the Department of Justice provides through its offices and phone support lines. Our goal is to make sure that the rights of Ecuadorian immigrants are respected.”

The Department of Justice, through the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, focuses its efforts on disseminating information to help people identify when an employer commits an act of discrimination based on immigration status, nationality and/or abuses when verifying documents and information, such as 1-9 or E-Verify.

“The signing of today’s historic MOU marks a critical stride of progress in the dynamic partnership between our countries,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Gupta. “Together, we will continue to advance our shared commitment to empowering workers, combating unlawful discrimination and protecting the rights of our people.”

The staff of the Office of Special Counsel (who has access to interpreters in several languages) helps immigrant workers by calling employers to explain the proper verification practices and, when necessary, provides the appropriate forms to document discrimination charges.