Date Publish: 
Monday, November 28, 2016

In order to make the situation of vulnerability in thousands of migrant women from Central America visible, the UN Agency for Migration (IOM) presented in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras the report Risk factors and care needs for migrant women in Central America.

The study was developed by IOM in coordination with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and various government agencies in the region, to identify immediate needs for migrant women such as access to justice and health; information and consular protection; immigration regularization; among others. In addition, the study highlights the situation of domestic, sexual or economic violence against women as a factor of expulsion that forces them to migrate irregularly.

According to the data collected in the research, women represent 53% of the people who migrate intra-regionally. Hence the importance of promoting the standardization of disaggregated data related to migration and violence; programs to prevent this type of violence and design information campaigns aimed at migrant women.

The report was prepared within the framework of the project Prevention of violence against women in Central America (BA1), of the Central American Security Strategy (ESCA) led by the Central American Integration System (SICA), financed by the Government of Finland and the Kingdom of the Netherlands; with the support of the Technical Secretariat for Women of the Council of Ministers of Central America and the Dominican Republic (STM-COMMCA). The main implementing agencies were IOM, UNFPA and the security agencies of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

To read the report, please click here

For more information, please contact:

IOM El Salvador – José Miguel Gómez [email protected]

IOM Guatemala – Melissa Vega [email protected]

IOM Honduras – Karen Arita [email protected]