Panama - Migrants in the region regularly face specific situations of vulnerability. High levels of uncertainty and insecurity, multiple risks, and a lack of information along their migratory route represent challenges that affect their psychological well-being.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) provided support to the national emergency response as Hurricane Otto hit Costa Rica last November. IOM assisted in the evacuation and provided assistance to approximately 1519 migrants stranded at both the northern and southern borders, in four of the counties on maximum alert.
The photo contest Miradas en Movimiento (Glimpses in Motion) that began last November is still receiving images that reflect the importance of protection for migrants.
Costa Rica. Last October the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a new phase of its Mesoamerica Regional Program, in which human and technical resources will be devoted to building the capacities of governments and civil society for managing safe, orderly, and regular migration, with an emphasis on respecting the human rights of migrants most at risk for irregular migration.
Costa Rica - Since its creation in 2010, the Mesoamerica Program has provided direct assistance and voluntary return support to 417 people. This assistance is vital, as migrants face high-risk conditions during the migratory process. They are vulnerable at-risk to becoming victims of assault, extortion, trafficking, and other exploitative trends.
Costa Rica - IOM today launched a new online course Women in Migration – a tool to allow the study of challenges faced by migrant women in the Mesoamerican region. The course is available for free through IOM’s Migration Learning Platform in Spanish.
Students, government officials, non-governmental organizations and journalists are some of the nearly 7,000 people that in the last three years have participated in IOM’s training and awareness programmes, addressing prevention of human trafficking in the Mesoamerican region.
El Salvador - IOM last month participated in JUVENTOUR 2016, one of the most important gatherings of Central American youth, which provided a platform to promote migrant children and adolescents’ human rights and to warn about the risks of irregular migration through the InformArte en Movimiento (Information on the Move) campaign.
El Salvador - IOM today presented USD 3,000 of supplies and equipment to the Casa del Migrante (House of the Migrant) at Ocotepeque, the only shelter in Honduras that supports migrants in transit from countries such as Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua.
El Salvador - IOM has taken part in a workshop in San Salvador, the Salvadorean capital, on the risks faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people when they migrate irregularly.