Date Publish: 
Friday, July 7, 2017

IOM closed the second edition of the Specialized Course on Migrant Children with an emphasis on those traveling unaccompanied or separated from the Northern Triangle of Central America and Mexico; aimed at civil servants and government officials and representatives of civil society organizations in El Salvador.

The course began on April 24 and was attended by more than 70 participants from El Salvador. It was developed simultaneously in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and southern Mexico.

This training process contributed to the strengthening of State´s capacities to care for unaccompanied and separated migrant children and adolescents and was co-facilitated by an IOM panel of experts, UNCHR, UNICEF, the National Council for Children and Adolescents (CONNA), the Salvadoran Institute for the Integral Development of Children and Adolescents (ISNA), the Monitoring Independent Group of El Salvador (GMIES) and the Universidad Tecnológica.

"We celebrate that, with you, we have new allies who will work conscientiously to support El Salvador's achievement of the goals set by incorporating human rights, gender, diversity, interculturality, participation, progressive autonomy into your work plans and, above all, the Superior Interest of the child", said IOM´s National Program Officer for El Salvador, Diana Ruiz de Arteaga.

According to data from the General Directorate of Migration, during 2016, the country received an estimated 8,951 returned migrant children and adolescents. Between January and May of this year, 1.357 were recorded.

This course developed the framework of the Regional Program to Strengthen Capacities for Protection and Assistance to Migrants in Conditions of Vulnerability in Mesoamerica (Mesoamerica Program), implemented by IOM with funding from the Department of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) of the US' State Department.

IOM reaffirms its commitment to support the State in order to achieve an orderly migration that guarantees and promotes respect for the migrant's rights, as well as strengthening the systems of care for unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents, their families and their communities of origin.

For more information, please contact OIM El Salvador, José Miguel Gómez -; or IOM El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Alba Miriam Amaya -