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.
In honor of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (July 30), the Government of Costa Rica, IOM, ILANUD, and the Embassy of the United States held a symposium in Costa Rica on criminal groups, human trafficking and use of technologies.
Belize City. On July 12 and 13, the second edition of the Belize-Mexico Cross-border Meeting was held, thanks to the Government of Belize and the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM), in coordination with the Embassy of Mexico in Belize.
Through the Mesoamerica Program, the IOM in Guatemala supports five Municipal Information Hubs on Migration in coordination with twenty-two Migration Community Counselors. In order to strengthen their work, an Exchange of Experiences was held in July with La Casa del Migrante, Tecún Umán, San Marcos.
IOM pilots innovative model for providing information on migration in Guatemala: Community Advisors on Migration
The Migration Community Advisors are a pilot initiative of the Mesoamerica Program in Guatemala, as part of its efforts to carry out sustainable preventative actions in the most vulnerable communities.
These advisors are women who are leaders in their communities. They work as volunteers, giving trustworthy information on topics related to regular migration and identifying vulnerable cases to refer them to the services of the Municipal Information Hubs on Migration.
This month, IOM trained civil servants from government agencies, addressing the topics of human trafficking, assisting migrant children and safe migration.
San Jose, Costa Rica. The IOM, in coordination with local governments, started two new information hubs for migrant persons, located in the regions of Upala and Desamparados. These hubs will be run by municipal staff, who were trained and certified by the IOM, which works to strengthen the capacities of local governments for managing migration.
– IOM, the UN Migration Agency, this week (16-17/07) held a regional workshop to exchange experiences of assistance programmes for the voluntary return of migrants in situations of vulnerability. Held in Panama City, the workshop was attended by participants from the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) member states.
Villahermosa, Tabasco, June 2018. - The National System for Integral Family Development (DIF) of the State of Tabasco, with IOM support, deliver a Specialized Course on unaccompanied or separated migrant children in the Northern Triangle and Mexico between May 28 and June 29. The objective of the course was to improve coordination between sectors and institutions and to strengthen skills for protecting unaccompanied or separated child and adolescent migrants in Tabasco.
The Guatemalan National Civil Police and Migration Institution train their staff on detection of fraudulent documents and identification of vulnerable migrants
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) of the United Nations System, working with the General Directorate for Migration (DGM), provided training on migration-related crimes, detecting fraudulent documents, and recognizing the profiles of vulnerable migrants in Guatemala. The purpose was to strengthen the skills of officials in the General Directorate for Migration and the Civil National Police at strategic sections of the border and at central airports.