Chief of Mission
Jorge Peraza Breedy is IOM’s Chief of Mission in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Anthropologist and Industrial Engineer graduate from the University of Costa Rica, he also has a Masters in Political Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands. In addition, he has continued his studies in Turkey, Colombia, United States, Israel, Iceland and Bolivia. His mother tongue is Spanish but also speaks English, Portuguese, French and German.
He previously held the position of Regional Officer for Project Development at IOM's South American Office, which included being responsible for IOM's operations in the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Until October 2011, he served as Coordinator of the Technical Secretariat of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM or Puebla Process). Prior to CRM, he worked for more than six years with IOM as Program Specialist at the Liaison Unit for Migration Management Services (ESEMI) in the Office for Central America and Mexico. Previously, he also worked with non-governmental international organizations in promoting cultural exchange programs and environmental protection.
His experiences on migration issues include the development and implementation of migration management projects (issuing travel documents, border management, institutional capacity building); immigration policy; migration and development; vulnerable groups; labor migration and remittances.
He has served as IOM's liaison in various regional fora working on migration, including the Central American Commission of Migration Directors (OCAM), the Commission for Facilitating Migration (COFAMIT) and the South American Conference on Migration (CSM). He has also taught courses of academic training at the University of Costa Rica, the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights and the Inter-American Course on International Migration IOM Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Among his publications and presentations include:
- Migración y transformaciones culturales: Dimensiones políticas del fenómeno.
- Encontros de Diálogo Bilateral Brasil – Haiti
- Seminario sobre Legislación Migratoria
- Análisis Comparativo de Políticas Migratorias en Centroamérica
- Seminario sobre Integración de Migrantes en Países Receptores
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