UN Agencies refine their strategies for the assistance of migrant children in Mexico
In 2016 more that 40 thousand boys, girls and adolescents were identified in Mexico, as they attempted to cross the country in irregular conditions. A good part of them, more than 20 thousand, migrated alone, with no adult company. During the first quarter of 2017, the Mexican authorities reported almost 5 thousand migrant boys, girls and adolescents in their territory, many of them still waiting for a decision to be made over their situation in shelters and receiving institutions.
“Many times just saying that your child is alive is a great joy for many families”: testimony from the Honduras border
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are return days in Honduras. On the border with Guatemala, several buses throughout the day transport migrants returning to their country after a dangerous journey that has generally taken them to Mexico. They are mostly women and children, many of them unaccompanied migrants.
Specialized Course on Migrant Children in Mesoamerica
The countries in the Mesoamerica region are replicating a specialized course regarding migrant children, resulting in officers who are continuously better equipped to face the challenged inherent in offering adequate attention to the thousands of girls, boys, and adolescents migrating in the region.
Youth in Mesoamerica produce radio messages about safe migration
Why is making radio still important in our region? This is one of the questions with which the Mesoamerica Program personnel initiate the communication workshops they have been imparting in the region since this past April.
Costa Rica: Educational centers free of racial discrimination
In Costa Rica, educators across the country have set the challenge of preparing themselves to adequately address the cases of racial discrimination in their schools. In the short term, the aim is to establish a protocol and, in the long term, to establish the basis for a model that will allow schools to be certified as free from racial discrimination.
IOM’s Specialized Course on Migrant Children extend to Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama
A total of 50 officials of institutions and civil society organizations in Costa Rica started in April a specialized course to promote the comprehensive protection of migrant children and adolescents. About 100 people more from Nicaragua and Panama will join this group by middle May.
Young people trained to raise awareness of migration officials
In order raise awareness about the needs of protection and assistance to young migrants in Mesoamerica, IOM, in coordination with the Departmental Delegation of Chinandega of the Ministry of the Interior, trained 20 youngsters as trainers, who later replicated the workshop to local authorities.
El Salvador – Honduras III cross- border meeting for the protection of at-risk migrants
As part of the strategic activities of the Mesoamerica Program, officials from diverse institutions from El Salvador and Honduras had the opportunity last month to exchange experiences and continue strengthening a cross-border network for the protection of at-risk migrants and their families.
More than 100 Guatemalan children participate in Community Festival on Safe Migration
The cold of the morning of Monday, April 17, did not prevent youngsters, students, mothers with their daughters and sons, and other people from approaching the acoustic shell of Concepción Tutuapa’s central park in San Marcos Guatemala, to see what the invitation that was made through the loudspeakers was about. Minutes later they laughed at the occurrences of a clown and took pictures along with the messages that informed them on safe and regular migration.
IOM provides psychosocial care tools to migrants’ caregivers
Based on the premise that, without emotional health, it is not possible to provide adequate assistance to migrants, the Mesoamerica Program organized a Regional Workshop focused on the psychosocial care, and care of the personnel that serves migrants in Mesoamerica.