Representatives from IOM, USAID, El Salvador’s Presidency and municipal Mayors of San Miguel, Usulután and Zacatecoluca inaugurated this week a series of public areas destined to the generation of reintegration and local development options that will directly benefit 9,000 Salvadoran families, among them returned migrants.
The National Survey on Children and Youth Well-Being (EBNAJ), which explores the link between migration issues and the root causes of violence affecting children and teenagers, will be developed in four Mayan languages. The survey's outcome will provide a solid basis of evidence to improve the response capacity of government authorities.
IOM participated in the Mi Norte Está Aqui fair, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (SRECI) of Honduras.
The General Directorate of Migration and Immigration (DGME), with IOM's support, started the identity documentation for children and adolescents that cross the border from El Salvador to Honduras. It is a Border Transit Traffic Card that aims to facilitate transit between the municipalities of Perquín, Arambala and Nahuaterique, in El Salvador.
IOM participated, for the third consecutive time, in El Salvador's National Youth Fair - JUVENTOUR 2017 - with the objective of promoting migrant's rights, non-discrimination of returnees and risks of irregular migration.
IOM, USAID and local authorities began the construction and adaptation of a communal house and various sports and recreational spaces in San Miguel and Usulután, the Salvadoran municipalities that have received the most migrant returnees in 2017 after the capital, San Salvador. Similar works also began recently in Zacatecoluca.
All of these actions directly benefit 78 communities and more than 9,000 families in the three municipalities. These works are expected to contribute to social cohesion, community development and the reintegration processes of returnees.
IOM´s Deputy Director General, Ambassador Laura Thompson, promoted the Global Compact for Regular, Orderly and Safe Migration (GCM) in El Salvador and Honduras during her most recent official visit to the Northern Triangle of Central America .
IOM closed the second edition of the Specialized Course on Migrant Children with an emphasis on those traveling unaccompanied or separated from the Northern Triangle of Central America and Mexico; aimed at civil servants and government officials and representatives of civil society organizations in El Salvador.
The course began on April 24 and was attended by more than 70 participants from El Salvador. It was developed simultaneously in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and southern Mexico.
IOM, together with students of the Miguel Rafael Madrid Institute, organized an artistic mural in the city of Catacamas, Olancho department in Honduras, which symbolizes the risks of irregular migration and promotes the rights of migrants.
The students received training on the role of art as a transforming agent of society. After this, they collaborated directly, under the supervision of the Honduran artist Denis Berrios, in the creation of the artistic mural that will decorate from now on the outer wall of the educational center.
IOM and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security signed an agreement to carry out, for the first time in Latin America, the Childhood and Adolescence Welfare Survey in El Salvador (EBNAS), with which they seek to contribute to the protection and guarantee of the rights of those most vulnerable.