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.
IOM promoted the right to freedom of expression in children and adolescents and celebrated their talent with the award of the contest Mi Comunidad en Movimiento in Nacaome and Goascorán, Honduras; as well as in San Miguel and Santa Ana, El Salvador.
The competition was aimed at promoting the rights of mobile populations and at the same time reporting on the risks of irregular migration. This is how children and adolescents from these municipalities expressed their points of view through the categories of drawing, poetry and story-telling.
IOM, together with the governments of Guatemala and the United States, inaugurated the Welcome Room for unaccompanied migrant children and families returned to La Aurora International Airport, in order to optimize post-arrival assistance provided to this population.
The event was led by the First Lady of the Nation, Patricia de Morales; the United States Ambassador, Todd Robinson; and IOM's Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy.