Date Publish: 
Friday, April 28, 2017

In order to establish and implement inter-agency procedures for effective actions, the Salvadoran State with IOM and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched the Protocol for the protection and care of Salvadoran migrant children and adolescents.

This document is the result of coordinations carried out and supervised by the Liaison Bureau for the Protection and Care of Migrant Children and Adolescents, made up of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the General Directorate of Migration, the Attorney General's Office, National Civil Police, National Council for Children and Adolescents, Salvadoran Institute for the Integral Development of Children and Adolescents. IOM and UNHCR participated as observers.

These actions are the result of an evolutionary process that has been generated from the responsibility assumed by the government of President Salvador Sánchez Cerén to respond to the needs of children during transit, destination and return to the country. In that sense, El Salvador addresses the situation of children and adolescents in a situation of migration accompanied, unaccompanied and / or separated from a comprehensive approach and co-responsibility, privileging the Child´s Best Interest in every decision issued by the administrative or judicial authorities.

This document will serve as a guarantor of the unrestricted respect for Human Rights for the operators of all institutions involved in the different phases of the protection and care process, with special emphasis on the vulnerability of Salvadoran migrant children and adolescents .

For more information, please contact IOM El Salvador: José Miguel Gómez - miggomez@iom.int; or IOM El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras: Alba Miriam Amaya - aamaya@iom.int