Georgetown, Guyana 23 August 2021:
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at a virtual ceremony.
From Panama’s and Mexico’s diverse contexts, both the USFROH and the INM Beta Group are working on similar tasks according to their functions, facing the challenges posed by monitoring, surveillance, and assistance of border crossings, especially by providing protection and assistance to those in a position of mobility, in addition to the fact that both aim to safeguard the security, dignity and life of migrants on their way to their migratory destinations.
IOM and FLACSO Costa Rica Train Communication Professionals from Mexico and Central America to Address Migration
More than 50 journalists and media professionals from 6 countries participated in the first edition of the Specialized Course on Communication and Migration provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The course promotes an ethical and responsible production of migration-related information and the comprehensive approach to this phenomenon in informative content.
IOM and RCM Strengthen Local Government Capacities in Mesoamerica with Policy and Governance Training Program
The Training Program on Migration Policy and Governance with a Focus on Local and Municipal Levels consisted of the virtual module Migration Trends in Latin America and three synchronous sessions. Participants enjoyed a panel with representatives of the local governments of Costa Rica and El Salvador, and the Federation of Local Governments of Latin America (FLACMA), who addressed the main needs and priorities identified for local migration governance. Subsequently, a space for group work made it possible to collectively build some recommendations from the perspectives of communities of destination, origin, return and transit.
Throughout the month of July, several frontline government workers were acquainted with the Protocol and emphasize the roles and responsibilities of each agency in the protection of migrant children in Belize, a country where 15 per cent of the total population are migrants.
More than 100 people from 24 countries met on August 4 in the "Seminar on International Migration and Local Development: Challenges and Benefits of Good Migration Governance at the Local Level". The activity presented the methodology and experiences around the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI), a comprehensive IOM tool that was created to support countries in the implementation of target 10.7 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
More than 300 officials from national and provincial institutions, social organizations, the army and national police participated in workshops for the management of Collective Centers in response to emergencies, organized by IOM. This is part of the initiatives to prevent emergencies in countries vulnerable to natural disasters or conflicts.
Emphasizing the importance of thinking of children and adolescents as a heterogeneous group, the practical exercise motivated participants to analyze the different experiences, conditions and needs they might be experiencing.
Panama joins the global efforts to eradicate Trafficking in Persons through the development of strategies and mechanisms to prevent, suppress and punish this crime, in addition to seeking due attention to the victims.
IOM designed this initiative to provide them with better conceptual and practical tools for the formulation of policies, programs and/or actions that promote the safe, orderly, and regular mobility of migrant workers in southern Mexico. Key decision makers from the National Institute for Migration, the Ministry of the Economy, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the National Employment Service participated.