IOM Workshop: Human Rights of Migrants for Costa Rican Police

13 July, 2016

Costa Rica - Students at the National Police Academy of Costa Rica are taking an IOM-designed course to enable them to better assist and uphold the human rights of migrants most at risk. Graduates of this training, which finishes tomorrow (13/07), will likely become border police officers.

The training aims to strengthen the capacity of border police to provide migration assistance protection of the human rights of migrants, building up from awareness, reflection and critical analysis of the daily work of the police force.

"The objective is to encourage a committed and engaged institutional response on behalf of migrants transiting the country's borders," said Roeland De Wilde, IOM Chief of Mission in Costa Rica.

This type of training is important in Central America, where providing effective protection and assistance to populations on the move is an increasingly complex challenge. More people are crossing borders and social, political and security issues are increasing the risks that they face.

During the training sessions, police cadets learn about the main characteristics of current migration flows in the region and populations involved in them, with a focus on protection. Students become aware of the situations experienced by migrants, many of whom have suffered human rights abuses and need special protection.

Trainees get basic guidance on how to proceed in specific cases and respond to a variety of needs, with a primary emphasis on children and adolescents, victims of human trafficking, abused women and indigenous people.

This course is based on the first module of IOM’s Introductory Course on the Protection of Migrant Populations in Vulnerable Conditions (downloadable in Spanish).

Both the course for cadets and the document are part of IOM’s Mesoamerica Project, which aims to strengthen the capacities for safe, orderly and regular migration in the Central American region. The project is implemented by IOM, supported by the Costa Rican government, and funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).

For further information, please contact Gabriela Vargas at IOM Costa Rica, Tel: (506) 2212-5313, Email: