Date Publish: 
Monday, January 18, 2016

Representatives of the Governments of the United States and El Salvador certified the progress in the reconstruction and furnishing of the Migrants’ Care Centre (CAM) in San Salvador, implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with funds from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The delegation was headed by the Senator Thomas Carper and the Senior Counsel of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Holly Idelson, as well as the US Ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte; the USAID Mission Director for El Salvador, Larry Sacks; IOM’s Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy; the General Director of Immigration (DGME), Hector Rodriguez; the Executive Director of the Salvadoran Institute for the Integral Development of Children and Adolescents (ISNA), Elda Tobar; IOM’s Regional Project Manager, Cleo Hennessy; and other government and IOM staff officers.

With an investment of over one million dollars, IOM’s project Comprehensive Assistance to Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Families Returning to the Northern Triangle of Central America has remodelled and equipped 2,480 m² in CAM, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

"We’re very pleased with the progress in CAM because, once it’s finished, returnees will find dignified, private, safe and welcoming environments," said IOM’s Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy.

As a result of the 84% increase in the reconstruction of the administrative areas, CAM now has the capacity to serve 200 people a day, including children and teens. Among the improvements made to the infrastructure, there is the strengthening of existing structures with carbon fibre, construction of walls with concrete blocks, the installation of a hydro pneumatic pump and enabling a new transformer to increase the power capacity, among others.

In addition, these renovations contain a strategy, by the Salvadoran government, to improve reception of returnees through a steady, orderly and efficient flow. This includes setting up 10 cubicles for DGME, specially equipped for supporting private returnee registrations; two medical clinics and a nurses’ station, which will be administered by the Ministry of Health; specific private spaces designed for the reception and psychosocial care of migrant children and their families; as well as facilities for the care of disabled or elderly people, among others.

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