CATA’s work with the United Nations:
In July 2004 CATA received official recognition as an NGO with Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Special Consultative status provides CATA access not only to international conferences but also to decision-making processes and meetings, as well as the ability to circulate written statements and make oral presentations to U.N. delegates. CATA plans to use this new consultative status to both influence international law, and to apply international law to local conditions, in order to have a greater impact on human rights issues regarding farmworker and immigrant communities. By involving its members directly in the activities within the UN, CATA is also building the capacity and understanding of migrant workers of their rights under international law.
Currently, CATA works with various agencies within the UN, including:
- UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and Their Families
- Commission on Human Rights
- United Nations Forum on Forests
- Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues