IOM LAUNCHES SERVICE WINDOWS FOR MIGRANTS IN HONDURAS
IOM, in coordination with the Municipality of San Pedro Sula, installed two service windows to assist the needs of mobile populations and promote a safe and orderly migration.
The opening ceremony was presided by the Deputy Mayor of San Pedro Sula, Lilia Umaña, and IOM's Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy.
These service windows, located at the Municipal Office for Children and the Women’s Municipal Office, provide information on the fundamental rights of migrants, the risks of migrating under irregular conditions, as well as the government support programs available.
IOM provided these offices with equipment, furniture and educational materials to optimize the services offered to the public. In addition, IOM conducted three workshops to strengthen the Municipality's assistance provided to migrants and their families.
San Pedro Sula is the second city with the highest rate of returnees in Honduras, according to the National Center for Social Sector Information (CENISS by its Spanish Acronym). The same source indicates that nearly 2,791 migrants returned to this municipality between January and August 2016. Of these, 739 were children and adolescents.
This initiative is part of the regional program called Strengthening Capacities for the Protection and Assistance to Migrants in Vulnerable Situations in Mesoamerica, funded by the US Department of State.
Through this program, IOM has installed eight similar windows in the region and has served 574 migrants in the period from July to September 2016. It is expected that, in the upcoming year, five more offices will be enabled in Nicaragua, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.