IOM Fosters Cross-Border Network and Strengthens Institutions in the Northern Triangle of Central America
La Unión, June 26, 2018.- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) of the United Nations System supported the creation of the Network for Guatemala-Honduras Cross-border Cooperation, which will ensure enhanced coordination for migration management at the Integrated Border Post in Corinto.
IOM, ICRC and MSF in Mexico City organize the first workshop on psychosocial support in the context of migration
Mexico City - The United Nations Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) held a Workshop on Psychosocial Support in the Context of Migration, directed towards public officials, civil society organizations, and shelters staff, in Mexico City, from June 13-14, 2018.
Villahermosa, Tabasco, June 2018. - The National System for Integral Family Development (DIF) of the State of Tabasco, with IOM support, deliver a Specialized Course on unaccompanied or separated migrant children in the Northern Triangle and Mexico between May 28 and June 29. The objective of the course was to improve coordination between sectors and institutions and to strengthen skills for protecting unaccompanied or separated child and adolescent migrants in Tabasco.
Mesoamerican countries strengthen protection of migrants and displaced by natural disasters with support from IOM
Mexico City - 32 officials from 10 countries that form the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), met on June 6 and 7 to strengthen their capacities and exchange experiences on the protection of migrants in countries affected by natural disasters.
Thousands of buildings in the Southern Mexican state of Oaxaca were destroyed by a powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake in September 2017. At least 98 people lost their lives nationwide. A week later, Hurricane Max caused large waves, floods, mudslides and sinkholes in the state of Guerrero.
Honduras. In order to strengthen mechanisms for preventing and prosecuting the crime of trafficking in persons, IOM—the United Nations' Migration Organization— supported the Local Committee of the Inter-Institutional Commission against Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Persons (CICECST), in the city of La Ceiba in northern Honduras to conduct a workshop for its members.
Guatemala: new Guidelines for the Immediate Response Team of the Inter-institutional Committee against Trafficking
Guatemala. The United Nations' Organization for Migration (IOM) presented copies of the Guidelines for the Immediate Response Team of the Inter-institutional Committee against Trafficking, with the goal of optimizing government assistance to victims of this crime.
San Salvador – How do you recognize a victim of human trafficking? What medical and psychological first aid should a victim of this crime or a vulnerable migrant receive? To which authorities should you report cases of violation of migrants' human rights?
Costa Rica. On May 14, 2018, the Costa Rican Migration Police Staff attended their first training on first aid and psychosocial support for migrants. The Police staff is currently working in the Migrant Centers installed in the country, and at the airports. This initiative was implemented as part of a training week put on by IOM along with the Professional Migration Police and the Red Cross.
Regional Committee against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Agrees on an Action Plan for Prevention and Assistance for the Upcoming Years
Costa Rica. With the support of the United Nations' Organization for Migration (IOM) and of civil society organizations, this year Second Meeting of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants was held from May 21 to 23, with representatives from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. The country representatives shared experiences, received training, and reached agreements on an action plan for a comprehensive approach through assistance, prevention, and information on these crimes.