Regional Committee against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Agrees on an Action Plan for Prevention and Assistance for the Upcoming Years
Costa Rica. With the support of the United Nations' Organization for Migration (IOM) and of civil society organizations, this year Second Meeting of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants was held from May 21 to 23, with representatives from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. The country representatives shared experiences, received training, and reached agreements on an action plan for a comprehensive approach through assistance, prevention, and information on these crimes.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Central, North American Countries Worked on Joint Strategy Against Migrant Smuggling with IOM, UNODC support
San Jose – Sixty representatives from the 11 Member States of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) gathered in San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 March to promote medium and long-term joint strategic policies and actions to tackle the multi-billion illegal industry of migrant smuggling.
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.