Compliance Through Mexican Labor Inspections (CAMINOS)

Factory inspector in Mexico

Effective labor law enforcement—at the federal and state levels—is a priority for Mexico’s Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) and a key labor obligation under the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA). Nonetheless, Mexican labor inspectorates, especially at the state level, face institutional, technological, training, and other resource limitations that impede successful labor law enforcement that would advance labor compliance and deter future violations.

The ILAB-funded CAMINOS project seeks to strengthen the institutional capacity of federal and state labor inspectorates to improve labor inspections, labor law enforcement and compliance strategies, and labor inspector engagement with supply chain actors in USMCA priority sectors. In partnership with Verité and Global Ties, AIR is working in the target states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Estado de México, Jalisco, Nuevo León, Querétaro, and San Luis Potosí to:

  • Strengthen the legal, technical, data analytic, technological, and soft skills of federal and state labor inspectors and inspectorate authorities;
  • Co-create and co-deliver with the federal labor inspectorate a practical, sustainable, national labor inspector training program for federal and state labor inspectors; and
  • Support the development of strategic labor inspection plans in USMCA priority sectors, with co-enforcement partnerships between federal labor inspectors and unions and private actors compliance support.