Date Publish: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) presented reconstructed and equipped areas to the Salvadoran Institute for the Integral Development of Children and Adolescents (ISNA) intended for the care of migrant children and adolescents returnees, thus reiterating its commitment to strengthen government’s capacity to guarantee the rights of the youngest population in the country.

The official handover ceremony was led by the IOM’s Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy; the Deputy Foreign Minister, Carlos Castaneda; the Executive Director of ISNA, Elda Tobar and the Director of USAID El Salvador, Larry Sacks.

Improvements were made to the Children's Center for Immediate Protection (CIPI) and to Hogar del Niño and San Vicente de Paul and included restoration to hydraulic and electrical systems; readjustment of bedrooms by gender and the refurbishment of private spaces; restoration of walls and dining space; and the construction of a multipurpose room. Moreover, these spaces were equipped with seven complete living rooms, 116 beds, 76 wooden dressers, 60 chairs, 50 desks, 14 bedside tables and appliances such as televisions, DVD players, among others.

The works in both places had an investment of more than USD $ 200,000 that were funded under the project Comprehensive Assistance to Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Families Returning to the Northern Triangle of Central America, implemented by IOM with the support of USAID. With this intervention, it is possible to daily assist up to 100 migrant children or adolescents returnees, in a space tailored to their needs.

"As IOM, we’re working for migrant returned children and adolescents so that they reach their maximum potential. We are aware that this segment of the population is the most vulnerable, and deserves all our support, thus the facilities that are delivered today were specifically designed so that they were proper, private and family environments," said IOM’s Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy.

According to statistics from the Directorate General of Immigration (DGME), between January and October 2015, there have been 4,889 children and adolescents migrants that have returned to El Salvador, of which 2,279 were unaccompanied. Between November 2014 and October 2015, and in collaboration with the Salvadoran government, IOM has provided post arrival immediate assistance to 4,087 children and adolescents, who arrived at reception centres, with the distribution of first care kits, counselling and medical check-ups, as well as rebuilding infrastructure and strengthening governmental human resource.

IOM recognizes the progress that has been achieved in El Salvador regarding the protection of migrant children and adolescents and reiterates its commitment to continue supporting the country’s strategies that seek to contribute to the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the LEPINA.

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For more information, please contact Alba Miriam Amaya, IOM El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras at [email protected]