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.
San José – On September 24th, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, opened the "Specialized Course on Migrant Children in the Americas" via its Learning Platform on Migration.
Nicaragua: 212 people trained in psychosocial assistance for migrants and preventing the risks of irregular migration
Managua- During July and August, the International Organization for Migration of the United Nations (IOM) held a training seminar on the risks associated with irregular migration as well as on psychosocial skills for assisting migrants.
San Pedro Sula- The United Nations’ Organization for Migration (IOM) presented the Educational Toolkit to teachers in the department of Cortés and staff from the organization Youth Against Violence of Honduras. The toolkit contains fun and interactive activities which inform and raise awareness about the risks of irregular migration.
Darien, Panama- With the objective of training officials of governmental institutions and civil society organizations on the Panamanian border, the workshop about “Assistance for Migrant Children and Adolescents needing International Protection” was held in Metetí, Darién province.
Mexico. On August 11, 2018, the group Youth and Migration Tenosique, known as “JUMI Tenosique”, conducted a festival in honor of the “International Youth Day”, August 12. The festival was supported by the International Organization for Migration of the United Nations (IOM) through the Mesoamerica Program, the Directorate of Education, Culture, and Recreation of the city council of Tenosique, and RET International.
IOM trains officials of Costa Rican public institutions on migration and health, childhood, and adolescence
As a part of its Mesoamerica Program, IOM has developed training workshops with officials of public institutions on a variety of migration-related topics. This month they held workshops on migration and health with officials from the Ministry of Public Health, and also conducted the National Course on Migrant Children 2018, for staff of the National Child Agency (PANI).
El Salvador. On Thursday August 23, 2018, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Directorate of Border Security of the Civil National Police released a series of Guidelines for assisting migrant children and their families in border areas in El Salvador.
Peten, Guatemala.- To reduce the vulnerability of migrant groups in Guatemala and Belize, IOM, the United Nations' Organization for Migration, held a forum where authorities from both countries broadened their knowledge and improved coordination regarding labor migration, migration in emergency contexts, and expanding community information strategies.
In the context of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, July 30, various countries took action to raise awareness about the situation of human trafficking victims.