IOM SUPPORTS EL SALVADOR'S VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS


Date Publish: 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The UN Agency for Migration (IOM) reiterated its commitment to support the strengthening of the Government of El Salvador's capacities through technical and financial assistance for the publication of the Comprehensive Care Plan for Migrant children and adolescents Returned to their family environment, from a Human Rights, Gender and Inclusion perspective.

The document, which includes a flipchart for training on the risks of irregular migration, was officially delivered by IOM's Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy, to the Executive Director of the Salvadoran Institute of Protection Integral for Childhood and Adolescence (ISNA), Elda Tobar, in support of the governmental strategy of Attention and protection to returned children and adolescents and their family at the community level.

IOM favors all actions for the protection and restitution of the returned migrant children and adolescents' rights in order to contribute to the maximum development of their capacities. This includes their mental health, social-family orientation, and education support. Conscious that this can not be addressed individually, IOM has established strategic alliances with ISNA to optimize the care received by the younger migrant population by applying the Best Interest of the Child Principle.

In El Salvador, ISNA is supported through the hiring of personnel specialized in law, social work and psychology for the follow-up care for children and adolescents, as well as the donation of computer equipment and office furniture for the Childhood, Adolescence and Family Care Center (CANAF) in San Miguel. This support was given under the project Capacity Building for post-arrival assistance of children and adolescents returning to El Salvador and Honduras, funded by the IOM Development Fund.

In addition, IOM has trained ISNA operators with a specialized course on migrant children, with emphasis on unaccompanied and/or separated in the Northern Triangle of Central America and the southern border of Mexico. At the same time, staff of the Sub-Directorate for Restitution of Rights have been trained in the care and protection of vulnerable migrants with an emphasis on children. This is of special relevance since this staff is the one who provides direct attention in the reception centers.

IOM recognizes the progress made by ISNA and highlights its commitment to the promotion and defense of the Rights of Children, with particular attention to those of migrant children and adolescents.

For more information, please contact José Miguel Gómez, IOM El Salvador, at miggomez@iom.int