IOM AND THREE HONDURAN MUNICIPALITIES JOIN IN FAVOUR OF RETURNED MIGRANT CHILDREN
In order to contribute to the application of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, IOM and the Association of Municipalities of Honduras (AMHON) signed today a letter of understanding to strengthen the capacities of local actors in the care and reintegration of migrant children and adolescents that have been returned to the municipalities of Catacamas, El Progreso and San Pedro Sula.
The cooperation agreement was signed by the Executive Chairman of the AMHON, Nery Cerrato, and IOM’s Chief of Mission to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy.
Among the commitments agreed, the socialization of the Psychosocial Support Guide for Migrant Children and Adolescents was highlighted. This document was developed with the support of local protection clusters which include mayors, civil society organizations and the Honduran Department for Children, Youth and Family (DINAF), among others. This guide outlines the best practices in the strengthening of identification and referral techniques for mobile populations in vulnerable situations that require specialized comprehensive care.
Through this partnership, IOM will also provide technical support to institutional key players, in the prioritized municipalities, to strengthen their capacities to provide care to migrant returned children and adolescents and their families. In addition, IOM will provide 400 school kits and will train community leaders on issues such as prevention of irregular migration and the rights of migrant populations.
This agreement is developed under the project called Strengthening the Capacities of Government Assistance after the arrival of Unaccompanied Children and Adolescents Returning to El Salvador and Honduras, sponsored by the IOM Development Fund.
IOM will also focus its efforts on trainings and promoting the reintegration process of returned migrant children and adolescents with special protection needs. These trainings will be aimed at officials of the Honduran government.
According to the National Information Social Sector Centre (CENISS), in the first half of 2016 more than 4,300 children and teenagers have returned to Honduras from Mexico and the United States. Of these, 63% are aged 13 to 17 years. The CENISS also points to San Pedro Sula as the municipality with the highest rate of returned migrant children in the country.