Protection and Assistance to Migrants

9 March, 2017

Oaxaca, Oaxaca - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Coordination of Attention to Human Rights of the state of Oaxaca held this week the workshop "Protection and Assistance to Migrants", aimed at state institutions of government and civil society, Which provide assistance to the migrant population.

The activity was carried out through the Mesoamerican Program "Strengthening the capacities of Protection and Assistance to Migrants in Situation of Vulnerability" and the Program of Prevention of the Crimes Related to Irregular Migration in Mesoamerica.

This workshop is expected to inform and sensitize officials about the migration context on the southern border of Mexico, the identification of profiles in a situation of high risk and human trafficking. It is also hoped that through this activity, institutions will be encouraged to strengthen their network work.

The state of Oaxaca is a key point in the migratory issue, presenting not only transit flows but also origin and return, being one of the states with the highest index of internal and international migrant population, as well as internally displaced people. According to official statements, violence against the irregular migrant population has increased, as well as the presence of people who have left their country of origin for violence, especially from Central America. Furthermore, a concern was expressed about the reintegration of returned Oaxacans.

The event was attended by officials from the State Attorney's Office of the DIF System, Specialized Prosecutor's Office on Crimes Committed against Migrants, DIF, Oaxacan Institute for Migrant Care, Local System for the Comprehensive Protection of the Rights of Children and Adolescents, Orientation to Migrants, Women's Affairs Secretariat, Coordination of Human Rights Care, Human Rights Ombudsman of the People of Oaxaca, State Institute of Public Education, Attorney General of the State of Oaxaca.

This is one of the actions supported by IOM through the Mesoamerica Program, funded by the US Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refuge and Migration, and the Program for the Prevention of Crimes Associated with Irregular Migration in Mesoamerica, implemented In conjunction with the Organization of American States and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, funded by the European Union.

For more information, please contact Claudette Walls at IOM Mexico, Tel: +52 962 642 56 74, Email: cwalls@iom.int