17 November, 2017

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.

17 November, 2017

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.

6 November, 2017

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.

6 November, 2017

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.

6 November, 2017

Costa Rica repatriated 36 Costa Ricans after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico

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.

2 November, 2017

The True Value of Happiness

The water leaked through the holes in the ceiling and passed only inches away from the exposed electrical cords of the house. It was with not a doubt, a death trap for two elderly adults who face mobility issues. However, this didn´t seem to bother them when they receive visitors in their house made of wood and zinc. Their warm words and spontaneous smiles concealed their problems at a second stage.

2 November, 2017

RCM and IOM Launch a Virtual Course on Migrant Women for Consular Staff

Migrant women represent almost half of all international migrants around the world (equaling to approximately 117 million migrant women), they have a key function regarding the social and cultural constitution of host countries, and provide significant and systematic economic contributions to their family in countries of origin, mainly through remittances.

12 October, 2017

Consular Authorities in Nicaragua and Honduras reinforced their skills to assist national living abroad during an emergency

As part of the Mesoamerica Program to Strengthen the Capacities to Protect and Assist Vulnerable Migrants in Mesoamerica, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) implemented in Nicaragua and Honduras two workshops for consular authorities with the objective of strengthening their competencies to protect migrants during emergencies.

10 October, 2017

Cross-border meeting on migration between Mexico and Belize

On the 1st of September, IOM organized for the first time a cross-border meeting in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, attended by the authorities of Chetumal, Quintana Roo (Mexico), and authorities in Belize. 

10 October, 2017

14 countries share their strategies to fight against trafficking in persons in the tourism industry

Behind the services and attractions that make some touristic destinations famous in the region, situations of trafficking in persons can be concealed.