Dilcia Cristela Reyes Martínez migrated to the United States in 2005 with the dream of improving living conditions for her family. However, she did not manage to adapt to the idea of leaving her family behind, so she returned to Honduras five years later.
San Jose – Teachers and community leaders from Central America and Mexico will be able to teach safe and regular migration to young people and local communities, thanks to the Pedagogical Suitcase on Migration, an online repository developed by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) which brings together more than 100 resources, methodologies, and educational activities.
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.
Panama. A team from the United Nations Organization for Migration (OIM) and other UN agencies in Panama visited the province of Darien, to monitor the migrant situation in this border area with Colombia. The Darien plug, as this jungle region of Central America is known, is one of the most dangerous passages for migrants in the world, with the presence of natural obstacles as well as criminal groups associated with arms and drug trafficking.
Central and North American Countries Working on Strategy Against Migrant Smuggling with UN Migration Agency, UNODC support
San Jose – Sixty representatives from the 11 Member States of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) will gather in San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday 13 March to promote medium and long-term joint strategic policies and actions to tackle the multi-billion illegal industry of migrant smuggling.
Mexico. The UN Agency for Migration (IOM) along with the Mexican Red Cross delivered a workshop “Preparing for crisis situations and identification of migrants in conditions of vulnerability" for the staff of the Mexican Red Cross and other organizations that can play a key role in assisting migrants during emergencies.
Guatemala. In Guatemala, representatives of the Community of Municipalities "Metrópoli de los Altos" and staff from information hubs and shelters for migrants from Izabal, Petén, Tecún Umán and San Marcos are using MigrantApp – an application developed by IOM to provide information to migrants about regular migration options – as a tool to strengthen their capacities to assist migrants across the country.
The General Directorate of Migration (DGME) and IOM Contribute to the Fulfillment of the Rights of Children in El Salvador
El Salvador – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the General Directorate of Migration (DGME) of El Salvador presented the Protocol of Action and Coordination for the Care and Protection of Foreign Migrant Children and Adolescents. The protocol will allow the Salvadoran government to advance in the guarantee and fulfilment of the fundamental rights of this population present on Salvadoran territory.
Nicaragua. The 13 Municipal Committees that comprise the Departmental Coalition against Trafficking in Persons of Chinandega, Nicaragua, have been working on the preparation of a 2018 action plan, aimed at preventing the crime of trafficking in persons.
Costa Rica. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, through the Mesoamerica Program, trained for the first time the Costa Rican Migration Police on “Conflict Resolution in Migration Management”, with the objective of strengthening capacities for peaceful conflict resolution.