4 September, 2017

El Salvador’s General Directorate of Migration and IOM deliver Transit Cards to minors in border zone with Honduras

On August 25, El Salvador´s General Directorate of Migration (DGME in Spanish), with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), began issuing documentation for children and adolescents who reside along the border with Honduras, and who often cross the border strip in Morazán. The Border Transit Card aims to facilitate safe and orderly migration for residents in the border municipalities of Perquín, Arambala and Nahuaterique.

3 September, 2017

On International Youth Day, young people in the region lead migration initiatives

As part of the celebration of International Youth Day held August 12, a number of Mesoamerica Program activities were carried out in which youth leaders played an active role as trainers or facilitators in workshops on migration and youth.

3 September, 2017

Panama and Costa Rica walk together against human trafficking

Trafficking in persons is a crime that globally affects millions of people and it is important everybody is aware of it. That’s why, for the fifth consecutive year, the Binational Walk against Human Trafficking took place between Costa Rica and Panama. The activity is organized by the Permanent Commission for the Protection and Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (COPPAMI in Spanish) with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as part of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons which is held every year on July 30.

3 September, 2017

Panama prepare to assume the Pro-Tempore Chair of the Regional Conference on Migration, with IOM support

On November 29, 2017, Panama will assume the Pro-Tempore Presidency of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) with the responsibility of contributing to the UN Global Compact in regards to safe, regular and orderly migration.

3 September, 2017

Guatemala and Mexico organize cross-border diploma on migration

Migration is a human phenomenon and so goes beyond than just numbers and statistics. To understand the issue, one must study the many faces of mobility and the spaces in which it happens. This imperative underlines this second diploma course on professional training: "Human Rights in the Interactions of Old and New Mobilities".

22 August, 2017

Documentary Shows Risks of Irregular Migration in Mesoamerica

IOM, The UN Migration Agency has released the documentary, The Fable of the Lion and the Coyote, directed by Costa Rican filmmaker and producer, Miguel Gómez.

31 July, 2017

OIM launches a new online course on the rights and risk faced by LGBTI migrants

The new course Migration and LGBTI People on the Learning Platform of the International Organization for Migrations will allow officers of governmental institutions and NGOs linked to the topics of migration and human rights that work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersexual (LGBTI) migrants, to acquire the necessary knowledge related to the rights and risk faced by this population during their migratory journeys.

28 July, 2017

Panama Bolsters Preparedness for Migration Crisis with the Support of IOM

The Mesoamerican region experienced a migration crisis in 2016 with the arrival of more than 25 thousand migrant people from the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.

In view of that experience, and to strengthen national responses to migratory crises such as this, meetings were held in June and July between Panama’s Ministry of Public Security and IOM. These meetings were conducted under the Mesoamerica Program, with the participation of the Inter-Institutional Technical Committee, with the goal of developing a training manual which sets out a contingency plan and standard operating procedures (SOP) applicable to mixed migratory flows in transit through Panama.


28 July, 2017

Panama Drafts its National Plan against Human Trafficking

Panama City, Republic of Panama. On the 28th and 29th of June, the National Commission against Human Trafficking held a technical meeting to prepare a National Plan against Human Trafficking for 2017-2022, and to review the Action Protocol for the Unit for the Identification of and Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking and the Model for the Identification of and Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking.

28 July, 2017

The Mesoamerica Program supports efforts made by the Workgroup on Comprehensive Protection for Children in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Since March 2017, the Mesoamerica Program has had a permanent presence through a local partner, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras’ second-biggest city and an area characterized by having high migratory flows.