Date Publish: 
Monday, May 30, 2016

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (SRECI) of Honduras launched a project to improve the care, the identification of cases of rights’ violations, and the promotion of protection services provided by the Honduran consular service to migrants in Mexico.

This activity, supported by IOM’s Development Fund, includes the creation of an information and registration system that will contribute to the identification, assistance and referral of special cases, i.e. migrants in need of protection or who have been victims of abuse. It is expected that this modern system will also help the exchange of information, automated and intertwined, both internally at the SRECI as among counterparts inside and outside Honduras.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Honduras has advanced qualitatively in the care provided to mobile populations," said IOM’s Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy. "As IOM, we seek to contribute to strengthening the capacities of this vice-ministry for the identification, protection and care of migrant populations in transit, destination and return," said Peraza Breedy.

IOM’s contribution includes the training of personnel, from both the Honduran Consular Network in Mexico and the General Directorate for Protection of Honduran Migrants, in Human Rights’ international standards; on the Law on the Protection of Honduran Migrants and their Families; and in the current immigration laws in Mexico. Staff capacities will also be strengthened with observation techniques, analysis and documentation of cases of violations of the Honduran migrant population’s rights.

IOM also provided last generation technological equipment to strengthen existing platforms and consular registration. Among the donated equipment there were servers, computers, software licenses and office furniture included. "With these tools, the Honduran government can obtain tangible information on violations of Human Rights of irregular migrants traveling to the north of the continent," said IOM’s Chief of Mission.

The Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular and Migration Affairs, Maria Andrea Matamoros, said that the IOM-SRECI partnership offers a way to the analysis and monitoring of the different consular representations, thus achieving a stronger coordination within the consular service and in generating targeted actions for the benefit of the Honduran migrant population.

The Honduran consular network in Mexico has position itself as one of the strategic mechanisms for the assistance and protection of human rights of migrants in that country. This network is located in deliberate parts of Mexico, such as Tapachula, Veracruz, Mexico City and San Luis Potosi; as well as consular agencies in Acayucan, Tenosique and Saltillo.

For more information, please contact: Karen Arita, IOM Honduras. Tel +504 2237-7460 Email: [email protected]