Migration Information Centers in Mesoamerica Share Experiences and Good Practices in Regional Exchange
Mexico. Maria* is a young Honduran woman who left her country with her two children, with no plans, no money, and no clear path, but determined to take a train north. After several days of walking and enduring the poor typical conditions along irregular migration routes in Central America, Maria arrived in Palenque, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, and visited the Migration Information Center there, where she received information about the risks of irregular migration, human rights protection, and options for regularization, which changed her mind.
Mexico. The Secretariat of Health, Health Jurisdiction VII of Tapachula, Doctors of the Word France (MdM), and the United Nations' Organization for Migration (IOM) held on May 4, 2018 the third session of a presentation of the Health Care Flowchart for Migrants, developed in Chiapas. This tool aims to strengthen migrants’ health care access.
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.
Costa Rica- As part of the third iteration of the “Course on Psychological First Aid for Migrants, Refugees, and Displaced Persons,” IOM gave a closing workshop through a webinar on the topic “Psychological First Aid for Migrants: Psychological intervention techniques for women who are victims of violence and unaccompanied children and adolescents.”
Mexico City – On April 9, 2018 the forum "Migration and Disasters in Mexico: Challenges and Perspectives" was held, convened by the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED), the Immigration Policy Unit of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, with the aim of generating proposals on the inclusion of migrants in Comprehensive Risk Management.
Belmopan — Belize has inaugurated its first information hub on migration, thanks to the collaboration between the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Child Development Foundation (CDF).
Petén Department, Guatemala. April 27-28, 2018. – The United Nations’ Migration Organization (IOM) supported a cross-border meeting between Guatemala (Petén Department) and Mexico (Tabasco and the North of Chiapas), which enabled the establishment of a bilateral committee on migration.
IOM Mexico and the Federal Attorney’s Office for the Protection of Children and Adolescents agree to strengthen action regarding migrant children
Mexico City. – IOM Mexico and the Federal Attorney’s Office for the Protection of Children and Adolescents (PFPNNA) of the National System for Integral Family Development (DIF) have signed a cooperation agreement that will strengthen the institutional capacity of the Attorney’s Office regarding migrant children.
Panama – Fifty officials from the member countries of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) participated in a workshop on the protection of migrant workers. The participants oversee the protection of their compatriots abroad as well as labour mobility issues, as officers in consulates and ministries of foreign affairs or labour in their countries.
San Jose. The United Nations Organization for Migration (IOM), together with the General Directorate of Migration (DGME) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , presented the mobile application MigrantApp in an event that took place on March 13th with the participation of more than 150 attendees, among which were senior representatives of the government, diplomatic corps, international organizations, delegates from countries of the Regional Conference on Migration, the private sector and the media.