Costa Rica - Since its creation in 2010, the Mesoamerica Program has provided direct assistance and voluntary return support to 417 people. This assistance is vital, as migrants face high-risk conditions during the migratory process. They are vulnerable at-risk to becoming victims of assault, extortion, trafficking, and other exploitative trends.
Costa Rica - IOM today launched a new online course Women in Migration – a tool to allow the study of challenges faced by migrant women in the Mesoamerican region. The course is available for free through IOM’s Migration Learning Platform in Spanish.
Students, government officials, non-governmental organizations and journalists are some of the nearly 7,000 people that in the last three years have participated in IOM’s training and awareness programmes, addressing prevention of human trafficking in the Mesoamerican region.
El Salvador - IOM last month participated in JUVENTOUR 2016, one of the most important gatherings of Central American youth, which provided a platform to promote migrant children and adolescents’ human rights and to warn about the risks of irregular migration through the InformArte en Movimiento (Information on the Move) campaign.
El Salvador - IOM today presented USD 3,000 of supplies and equipment to the Casa del Migrante (House of the Migrant) at Ocotepeque, the only shelter in Honduras that supports migrants in transit from countries such as Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua.
El Salvador - IOM has taken part in a workshop in San Salvador, the Salvadorean capital, on the risks faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people when they migrate irregularly.
Costa Rica - On Wednesday (17/8) IOM, in partnership with the Government of Guatemala, published: “Paths of Light and Shadow: Stories of migrant children and adolescents.” The book comprises 16 illustrated stories based on the true accounts of Central American girls and boys narrating their perilous journeys to the United States.
Costa Rica - A new virtual community InformArte en Movimiento (Information on the Move) will be launched tomorrow (17/8) in Central America to strengthen migration management capacities in border communities, especially among youth, to reduce irregular migration, and protecting the human rights of migrants. The platform is on Facebook (InformArte en Movimiento) and Twitter (@Infomovimiento).
Costa Rica - IOM has trained a group of 35 Mesoamerican counter trafficking specialists as trainers for its Virtual Course on Trafficking in Persons (TiP) developed for the region.
Costa Rica - Students at the National Police Academy of Costa Rica are taking an IOM-designed course to enable them to better assist and uphold the human rights of migrants most at risk. Graduates of this training, which finishes tomorrow (13/07), will likely become border police officers.