IOM trains COPECO in the inclusion of migrants during emergencies and crises in Honduras

14 May, 2021


On May 11, 12 and 14, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted a virtual event in which 25 volunteers from the Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras (COPECO) participated in training sessions on migration. The knowledge acquired will enable them to strengthen their capacities to contribute to better inclusion of the migrant population in emergency and crisis preparedness and response. 


Some of the topics covered in the programme were basic concepts, trends and context of migration, as well as recognition of the needs of migrants and mechanisms to ensure their assistance and protection. With this effort, IOM promotes the understanding of migration issues in institutions such as COPECO, the entity in charge of risk prevention and reduction, emergency response, recovery and adaptation to climate change in Honduras. 


The training was conducted with a participatory learning approach, in which participants played an active role in the acquisition of skills through the exchange of knowledge and hands-on activities. 


"It was a topic of great interest. As part of the Civil Protection team, we must achieve the integration of each of the persons involved in an emergency, to effectively fulfill the immediate response to those affected by any disaster", said Kimberly Centeno, a Civil Protection volunteer at COPECO.  


This activity was supported by IOM’s Western Hemisphere Program, funded by the United States Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.