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.
In support of state and municipal efforts in Honduras, IOM and UNICEF launched their approach strategy for the Development of protective spaces for Migrant Children and Adolescents of 28 municipalities in the country.
IOM inaugurated the Specialized Course on Migrant Children, with an emphasis on unaccompanied or separated migrant children in the Northern Triangle and Mexico, in order to contribute to the promotion, defense and restitution of Human Rights.
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.
IOM joined the governments of El Salvador and Costa Rica to commemorate the 171th anniversary of uninterrupted diplomatic relations between the two nations.
The celebration included the presentation of the Costa Rican musical group La Cruceta, made up of 10 artists and led by Dionisio Cabal, in the Salvadoran capital as well as in the cities of Santa Ana and Suchitoto. The tour of the musicians was co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Presidency of El Salvador, the Embassy of Costa Rica in El Salvador and IOM.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is pleased to observe this week World Health Day 2017, and hail its importance to migrants worldwide. IOM remains committed to reducing the burden of migration-linked stressors and in addressing depression as a global problem. The theme chosen for World Health Day 2017, celebrated today (7 April), is: “Depression: Let’s Talk.” It culminates a year-long World Health Organization campaign.
Based on the Human Mobility Household Survey on Unaccompanied Migrant Childhood and Returned Children, IOM found that the majority (64 per cent) of these children live in adobe houses with dirt floors in the rural areas of El Salvador.
For the first time, Honduras will undertake a Study of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, led by the Ministry of Security and coordinated by IOM.
The initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of the government to prevent violence against children and adolescents. A national survey will be conducted among people between 13 to 24 years old to estimate the emotional, physic and sexual violence they are exposed to. The results will also allow a better understanding of the relation between violence and migration.
Representatives from IOM, OAS, UNHCR, the Government of El Salvador and the private sector have met to discuss challenges facing the reintegration of returnees to El Salvador.
The Intersectoral Forum for the Development of Special Programs: Protection of Victims of Irregular Migration in Mesoamerica and Reinsertion of Returnees in El Salvador, organized by the El Salvador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, concluded that returnees frequently face discrimination.