Belize. Belize is now part of the Mesoamerica Program, which is characterized by its comprehensive capacity-building component under a human rights approach for migration governance. During the past months, the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) carried out a needs assessment study to identify the main priorities of stakeholders in Belize and tailor activities to them.
Mexico. With the support of the United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM), through the Mesoamerica Program, the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training of the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States trained judges and attorneys of Mexico and Guatemala on a variety of competences and interview techniques for cases of victims of trafficking in persons in the framework of the new system of criminal justice of Mexico.
IOM and the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica signed a National Work Plan to foster education free of discrimination against migrants
San Jose, Costa Rica. The United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM), through the Mesoamerica Program, and the Ministry of Public Education (MEP), signed on the 31st of January, a National Working Plan for the year 2018, with the objective of strengthening the links and cooperation between both entities to complement efforts towards the priorities of the country, as well as to promote the right to education of migrants.
Every 18th of December, the world celebrates migrants. In this opportunity, the United Nations Migration Agency, IOM, did so under the motto ´´safe migration in a world on the move´´.
IOM, the UN Migration Agency, developed a needs-assessments study in each of the eight countries of the Mesoamerica region to establish with state institutions and civil society organizations the annual cooperation priorities of the Mesoamerica Program, oriented towards capacity-building of institutions for orderly, safe and regular migration.
Municipalities from the Northern and Southern borders of Mexico exchanged best practices on migration
The Mexican municipalities of Tapachula ad Tijuana, border cities with Guatemala and the Unites States respectively, organized, with the support of IOM, a second meeting on the 13th and 14th of December 2017 to exchange experiences and best practices from each border.
Regional E-Course on Migrant Women promoted the active participation of consular staff in RCM Member States
The Pro-Tempore Presidency of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), held by El Salvador until November 2017, and the UN Migration Agency, implemented an 8-week virtual course on International Law, Assistance and Protection of Migrant Women.
Partners of the Mesoamerica Program in El Salvador shared their accomplishments during the visit of the Department of State of the United States
Representatives of the Salvadorian municipalities impacted by migration, such as La Union and Ahuachapán, as well as national civil security and migration institutions, shared their experience in the implementation of actions supported by the Mesoamerica Program.
“I’m a migrant, but didn't have to risk my life on a leaky boat or pay traffickers. Safe migration cannot be limited to the global elite.” Thus spoke United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in September 2017.
Recent humanitarian crises have shown that migrants are often among those suffering the most during crisis situations caused by conflicts or natural disasters. With increasing international mobility and an unprecedented number of people displaced by conflicts, violence and disasters, most countries host some type of migrant population. In Mesoamerica there are more than 2 million immigrants.