The Regional Coalition against Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling was created in 2011, demonstrating the commitment of representatives from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize, and the Dominican Republic to work together and respond effectively to the issues of human trafficking and migrant smuggling, as well as to promote regional efforts to fight these crimes.
Since 4 November 2018, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) has facilitated the voluntary and safe return of hundreds of Central Americans who were part of the caravans of migrants traveling US-bound through Mexican territory.
IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the Government of Panama, in their capacity as Pro-Tempore Chair of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), presented MigApp, IOM's mobile app for migrants.
San José, Costa Rica— The Mesoamerica Program of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in conjunction with the Office against Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling of the General Directorate of Migration, held a training program for 15 officers of the Border Police of Costa Rica on detecting the crimes of human trafficking and migrant smuggling and identifying the profiles of vulnerable migrants.
Mexico City – Member countries of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) discussed on September 4th and 5th the challenges posed by growing labor migration dynamics in the Americas, at the Regional Workshop on the Governance of Labor Migration: Towards Integrated and Planned Policies.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed in the fight against human trafficking, promoting and supporting interregional and interinstitutional cooperation strategies which respond more comprehensively to the challenges of this crime.
Rivas, Nicaragua. Forty primary school students at the José Antonio Ruiz School, in the city of Rivas, shared a morning of migration-related activities based on the Pedagogical Suitcase developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The event was co-organized with civil society organizations: Save the Children, the Young Women Migrants Group and the Sonia Bello Women's House.
Guatemala City – The Regional Network of Civil Society Organizations for Migration (RROCM) met on September 19-21 for an internal planning workshop regarding the support that civil society can provide to the next presidency of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), which will be held by Guatemala.
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico - On September 26, 2018, the Interinstitutional Committee on Migration and Health was launched in Tapachula. The Committee will encourage coordination between the organizations that provide health services to migrants. It will also serve as a space for training, coordination, and exchanging information among the different institutions to improve healthcare for migrants.