Date Publish: 
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

IOM and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security signed an agreement to carry out, for the first time in Latin America, the Childhood and Adolescence Welfare Survey in El Salvador (EBNAS), with which they seek to contribute to the protection and guarantee of the rights of those most vulnerable.

The agreement was signed between the Minister of Justice and Public Security of El Salvador, Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde, and IOM´s Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy. The official event  also counted with the participation of specialists from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This tool will be the basis for the analysis of the migratory issue and its relation with the different manifestations of violence; and for the subsequent formulation of care and assistance policies that facilitate the adequate physical, emotional and social development of children and adolescents.

"The implementation of this type of studies provides reliable information for decision making that positively benefits migrants and societies, for that reason, as IOM we strongly support these efforts", said IOM´s Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

The activity will be coordinated with UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Committee on Violence Prevention and the General Directorate of Statistics and Censuses of El Salvador (DIGESTYC).

The Child and Adolescent Welfare Surveys will be carried out for the first time in Latin America in the framework of the Return and Reintegration project, carried out by IOM in the Northern Triangle of Central America, with the support of USAID.

For more information, please contact IOM El Salvador, José Miguel Gómez ([email protected]) or IOM El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Alba Miriam Amaya ([email protected]).