IOM INAUGURATES SPECIALIZED COURSE FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
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.
The training, held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, helped participants to recognize sustainable actions that favor the integral protection of migrant children and adolescents, especially in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Topics were given by IOM specialists to government staff, representatives of civil society and teachers from various universities in the country.
For ten weeks, subjects such as migratory phenomena in different contexts and the factors that influence them, as well as the particular dynamics of migration flows in the Northern Triangle and the southern border of Mexico were analyzed.
"We seek to generate, in the students, good practices based on Human Rights, gender, diversity, interculturality, Superior Interest, participation and progressive autonomy approaches", said IOM's Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy.
Unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents are highly vulnerable because, in their transit, they may be victims of crimes such as extortion, sexual abuse or trafficking. According to official figures, only in 2016, more than 34,000 girls, boys and adolescents returned to the Northern Triangle of Central America.
This initiative is part of the regional program called Strengthening Capacities to Protect and Assist Vulnerable Migrants in Mesoamerica (Mesoamerica Program), funded by the US State Department.