“Before taking the first step, inform yourself”: Communities in Mesoamerica act for a regular and safe migration
Community leaders in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica, with IOM and community art groups, worked together to offer the people from territories with high rates of migration, a series of awareness-raising activities on the risks associated with irregular migration.
IOM, civil society and governments of Mesoamerica discusses the challenges to protect LGBTI Migrants
More than 50 LGBTI activists, government officers, and representatives from non-governmental organizations from the seven countries in Mesoamerica met on from the 13th to 15th of June in Guatemala to strengthen their capacities and discuss joint strategies for the defense and promotion of the human rights of migrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans populations.
The modernization of migration management through a new law project; the development of manuals and protocols for the attention of migrant children and adolescents; a pilot project to provide identification cards to children and adolescents who live in border communities; and the provision of first-aid kits to migrants are some of the accomplishments highlighted by the Salvadorian Authorities, thanks to the support of the Mesoamerica Program.
On the 5th of May, representatives from governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations from Honduras and Guatemala, linked to migratory issues, met in the municipality of Puerto Barrios, Department of Izabal, Guatemala, to identify the strengths and challenges of the actions implemented in the border between both countries, and explore possible areas of collaboration at the local and cross-border level.
The countries in the Mesoamerica region are replicating a specialized course regarding migrant children, resulting in officers who are continuously better equipped to face the challenged inherent in offering adequate attention to the thousands of girls, boys, and adolescents migrating in the region.
Why is making radio still important in our region? This is one of the questions with which the Mesoamerica Program personnel initiate the communication workshops they have been imparting in the region since this past April.
In 2016 more that 40 thousand boys, girls and adolescents were identified in Mexico, as they attempted to cross the country in irregular conditions. A good part of them, more than 20 thousand, migrated alone, with no adult company. During the first quarter of 2017, the Mexican authorities reported almost 5 thousand migrant boys, girls and adolescents in their territory, many of them still waiting for a decision to be made over their situation in shelters and receiving institutions.
“Many times just saying that your child is alive is a great joy for many families”: testimony from the Honduras border
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are return days in Honduras. On the border with Guatemala, several buses throughout the day transport migrants returning to their country after a dangerous journey that has generally taken them to Mexico. They are mostly women and children, many of them unaccompanied migrants.
In order raise awareness about the needs of protection and assistance to young migrants in Mesoamerica, IOM, in coordination with the Departmental Delegation of Chinandega of the Ministry of the Interior, trained 20 youngsters as trainers, who later replicated the workshop to local authorities.
As part of the strategic activities of the Mesoamerica Program, officials from diverse institutions from El Salvador and Honduras had the opportunity last month to exchange experiences and continue strengthening a cross-border network for the protection of at-risk migrants and their families.