Mexico City—The International Organization for Migration (IOM), through the Western Hemisphere Migration Program (Mesoamerica Program), supported the Public Consultation for the Evaluation of the Special Migration Program 2014-2018 held by the Migration Policy Unit of the Department of the Interior.
Guatuso, Costa Rica. On Saturday October 20, the fair "Migrating Towards Respect" was held in San Rafael de Guatuso. It used the hashtag #NadieEsExtraño (No one is a stranger) to create a cultural space for promoting the inclusion of migrants in the area. The activity is an initiative of the Commission for Migration Flows of the Republic of Costa Rica, which intends to hold other similar fairs in 13 cantons in the country.
San Jose, Costa Rica. The annual coordination meeting of the IOM Regional Migration Program: Mesoamerica-Caribbean was held on October 22-24. The objective of this Program is to promote migration governance in order to reduce irregular migration flows, the vulnerability of migrants to human trafficking, and migrant smuggling.
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.