IOM, civil society and governments of Mesoamerica discusses the challenges to protect LGBTI Migrants
More than 50 LGBTI activists, government officers, and representatives from non-governmental organizations from the seven countries in Mesoamerica met on from the 13th to 15th of June in Guatemala to strengthen their capacities and discuss joint strategies for the defense and promotion of the human rights of migrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans populations.
On the 5th of May, representatives from governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations from Honduras and Guatemala, linked to migratory issues, met in the municipality of Puerto Barrios, Department of Izabal, Guatemala, to identify the strengths and challenges of the actions implemented in the border between both countries, and explore possible areas of collaboration at the local and cross-border level.
In 2016 more that 40 thousand boys, girls and adolescents were identified in Mexico, as they attempted to cross the country in irregular conditions. A good part of them, more than 20 thousand, migrated alone, with no adult company. During the first quarter of 2017, the Mexican authorities reported almost 5 thousand migrant boys, girls and adolescents in their territory, many of them still waiting for a decision to be made over their situation in shelters and receiving institutions.
“Many times just saying that your child is alive is a great joy for many families”: testimony from the Honduras border
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are return days in Honduras. On the border with Guatemala, several buses throughout the day transport migrants returning to their country after a dangerous journey that has generally taken them to Mexico. They are mostly women and children, many of them unaccompanied migrants.
The countries in the Mesoamerica region are replicating a specialized course regarding migrant children, resulting in officers who are continuously better equipped to face the challenged inherent in offering adequate attention to the thousands of girls, boys, and adolescents migrating in the region.
Why is making radio still important in our region? This is one of the questions with which the Mesoamerica Program personnel initiate the communication workshops they have been imparting in the region since this past April.
A total of 50 officials of institutions and civil society organizations in Costa Rica started in April a specialized course to promote the comprehensive protection of migrant children and adolescents. About 100 people more from Nicaragua and Panama will join this group by middle May.
In order raise awareness about the needs of protection and assistance to young migrants in Mesoamerica, IOM, in coordination with the Departmental Delegation of Chinandega of the Ministry of the Interior, trained 20 youngsters as trainers, who later replicated the workshop to local authorities.
As part of the strategic activities of the Mesoamerica Program, officials from diverse institutions from El Salvador and Honduras had the opportunity last month to exchange experiences and continue strengthening a cross-border network for the protection of at-risk migrants and their families.
In Costa Rica, educators across the country have set the challenge of preparing themselves to adequately address the cases of racial discrimination in their schools. In the short term, the aim is to establish a protocol and, in the long term, to establish the basis for a model that will allow schools to be certified as free from racial discrimination.