“I’m a migrant, but didn't have to risk my life on a leaky boat or pay traffickers. Safe migration cannot be limited to the global elite.” Thus spoke United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in September 2017.
Recent humanitarian crises have shown that migrants are often among those suffering the most during crisis situations caused by conflicts or natural disasters. With increasing international mobility and an unprecedented number of people displaced by conflicts, violence and disasters, most countries host some type of migrant population. In Mesoamerica there are more than 2 million immigrants.
The member countries of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) met from the 27th to the 30th of November 2017 in San Salvador, El Salvador, country that has held the Pro-Tempore Presidency 2017 of this regional consultative process on migration, under the topic of Women in Migration.
125 students from the 4th Preparatory in Tapachula (Chiapas) received on the 15th of November an awareness-raising talk about trafficking in persons, in the framework of the prevention activities developed by the Inter-Institutional Committee on Trafficking in Persons in Tapachula, led by the National Institute for Migration with the support of the Mesoamerica Program.
The Departmental Representation of the Governance Ministry in Chinandega, Nicaragua’s border department with Honduras, organized with the support of IOM a workshop on migration management and its links to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Five local governments from Mesoamerica compromised in working towards better migration governance in the Global Conference on Cities and Migration
The Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration of the Department of State’s support for IOM Mesoamerica Program has strengthened the capacity and interest of local governments in working towards better migration management throughout Central America.
IOM contributed to the Eighth Regional Consultation of Child Helplines in the Americas and the Caribbean
The United Nations Organization for Migration (IOM) participated and presented MigrantApp, its most innovated information tool for migrants, in the Eighth Regional Consultation of Child Helplines in the Americas and the Caribbean.
After Hurricane Maria passed over the Caribbean islands, 36 Costa Ricans returned to their country from Puerto Rico. The Government of Costa Rica implemented this humanitarian initiative thanks to the coordinated effort of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cult, and the General Directorate of Migration (DGME), with the solidary support of the airline Volaris Costa Rica, and the support of IOM.
Civil Society from Nicaragua and Honduras Shared their Advances Related to the Protection of Migrants
In order to enable a space of dialogue and coordination among civil society organizations that provide services and attention to migrants in the border between Nicaragua and Honduras, the International Organization for Migration of the United Nations (IOM) organized in Choluteca (Honduras) a cross border meeting, which had as a result the exchange of best practices and the identification of possible synergies.
The Fight Against Trafficking in Persons: the Role of Hotel Staff and the Importance of Having Global Data
The Mesoamerica Program interviewed the expert Courtney Walsh of Polaris, an NGO that fights against trafficking in persons, during the International Congress against the Crimes of Trafficking in Persons and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors associated to Travel and Tourism that took place in Costa Rica in September of 2017.