Central and North American Countries Working on Strategy Against Migrant Smuggling with UN Migration Agency, UNODC support

San Jose – Sixty representatives from the 11 Member States of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) will gather in San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday 13 March to promote medium and long-term joint strategic policies and actions to tackle the multi-billion illegal industry of migrant smuggling.

Municipalities in Chiapas Analyze the Local Migration Context to Improve Disaster Preparation

Mexico. The UN Agency for Migration (IOM) along with the Mexican Red Cross delivered a workshop “Preparing for crisis situations and identification of migrants in conditions of vulnerability" for the staff of the Mexican Red Cross and other organizations that can play a key role in assisting migrants during emergencies.

The General Directorate of Migration (DGME) and IOM Contribute to the Fulfillment of the Rights of Children in El Salvador

El Salvador – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the General Directorate of Migration (DGME) of El Salvador presented the Protocol of Action and Coordination for the Care and Protection of Foreign Migrant Children and Adolescents. The protocol will allow the Salvadoran government to advance in the guarantee and fulfilment of the fundamental rights of this population present on Salvadoran territory.

Nicaraguan Municipal Committees against Trafficking in Persons Prepare 2018 Action Plan

Nicaragua. The 13 Municipal Committees that comprise the Departmental Coalition against Trafficking in Persons of Chinandega, Nicaragua, have been working on the preparation of a 2018 action plan, aimed at preventing the crime of trafficking in persons. 

Migration Police in Costa Rica improve their Conflict Mitigation skills in Migration Centers

Costa Rica. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, through the Mesoamerica Program, trained for the first time the Costa Rican Migration Police on “Conflict Resolution in Migration Management”, with the objective of strengthening capacities for peaceful conflict resolution.

Shelters and information hubs for migrants in Guatemala use the MigrantApp

Guatemala. In Guatemala, representatives of the Community of Municipalities "Metrópoli de los Altos" and staff from information hubs and shelters for migrants from Izabal, Petén, Tecún Umán and San Marcos are using MigrantApp – an application developed by IOM to provide information to migrants about regular migration options –  as a tool to strengthen their capacities to assist migrants across the country.  

The Mesoamerica Program begins implementation in Belize for the first time

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.

Judges and attorneys of Guatemala and Mexico built their capacities on trafficking in persons

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.

8 countries outlined a new period of cooperation on Migration with the Mesoamerica Program

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.