Education as a tool for change: IOM and the Ministry of Education work to prevent racial discrimination in Costa Rican classrooms
San José, Costa Rica. 65 civil servants from the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) received training in June on migration, the risks associated with irregular migration, and the importance of keeping educational institutions free of racial discrimination and xenophobia. Specifically, the trainings were carried out on June 13 in Liberia and June 27 in Alajuela.
Mesoamerican countries strengthen protection of migrants and displaced by natural disasters with support from IOM
Mexico City - 32 officials from 10 countries that form the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), met on June 6 and 7 to strengthen their capacities and exchange experiences on the protection of migrants in countries affected by natural disasters.
Thousands of buildings in the Southern Mexican state of Oaxaca were destroyed by a powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake in September 2017. At least 98 people lost their lives nationwide. A week later, Hurricane Max caused large waves, floods, mudslides and sinkholes in the state of Guerrero.
Honduras. In order to strengthen mechanisms for preventing and prosecuting the crime of trafficking in persons, IOM—the United Nations' Migration Organization— supported the Local Committee of the Inter-Institutional Commission against Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Persons (CICECST), in the city of La Ceiba in northern Honduras to conduct a workshop for its members.
Guatemala: new Guidelines for the Immediate Response Team of the Inter-institutional Committee against Trafficking
Guatemala. The United Nations' Organization for Migration (IOM) presented copies of the Guidelines for the Immediate Response Team of the Inter-institutional Committee against Trafficking, with the goal of optimizing government assistance to victims of this crime.
San Salvador – How do you recognize a victim of human trafficking? What medical and psychological first aid should a victim of this crime or a vulnerable migrant receive? To which authorities should you report cases of violation of migrants' human rights?
Costa Rica. On May 14, 2018, the Costa Rican Migration Police Staff attended their first training on first aid and psychosocial support for migrants. The Police staff is currently working in the Migrant Centers installed in the country, and at the airports. This initiative was implemented as part of a training week put on by IOM along with the Professional Migration Police and the Red Cross.
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.
Mexico. The Secretariat of Health, Health Jurisdiction VII of Tapachula, Doctors of the Word France (MdM), and the United Nations' Organization for Migration (IOM) held on May 4, 2018 the third session of a presentation of the Health Care Flowchart for Migrants, developed in Chiapas. This tool aims to strengthen migrants’ health care access.