IOM AND UNICEF LAUNCH STRATEGY FOR HONDURAN MIGRANT CHILDREN
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.
The official presentation was led by a Government delegation, headed by the First Lady of the Republic, Ana García de Hernández; accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maria Andrea Matamoros; and the Deputy Minister of Human Rights, Justice, Governance and Decentralization, Clarissa Morales; as well as IOM's Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy; UNICEF's Representative in Honduras, Luz Ángela Melo,and the mayors and municipal representatives of San Pedro Sula, Puerto Cortés, Siguatepeque, Comayagua,Tela, among others.
This municipal strategy seeks to restore the rights of returned migrant children and adolescents through three main lines of action: emotional recovery of returned children and adolescents; prevention models and approaches to violence in the community; and school reintegration.
"By focusing our efforts on returning migrant children and adolescents, we must be aware that we are working for a vulnerable population that has the right to special protection and assistance. We must also remember that these children deserve all their rights to be restored and guaranteed so that they can successfully reintegrate into Honduran society", said Jorge Peraza Breedy, IOM's Chief of Mission.
This initiative includes training processes for professionals and volunteers in the methodology of emotional recovery and psychological care for critical cases. It will also strengthen the artistic and cultural component in the communities from a violence prevention approach, and will seek to raise awareness on migrant's rights among families and teachers through community activities.
Ms. Angela Melo, UNICEF Honduras representative, stressed that "the strategy implemented by UNICEF and IOM, with the collaboration of several institutions, organizations and civil society, is to contribute in a shared and integral way to the strengthening of protection and attention to migrant children and their families, with emphasis on areas with a greater incidence of irregular migration and to achieve a family and community reincorporation".
The strategy is under IOM's Return and Reintegration project, implemented in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The support is also part of a strategy led by UNICEF's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean to address the problem comprehensively in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.