Central American Updates
USCRI is actively working in Central America and Mexico.
USCRI has been establishing working relationships with El Salvador to join efforts regarding migration. The organization is particularly paying attention to vulnerable populations in the region such as Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UAC) and Human Trafficking.
During the past two years, USCRI has teamed up with the Salvadoran government and key partnering organizations such as nonprofits, universities, private sector and Central American integration institutions. The scope of the work has included various trainings and academic research. This year, USCRI and Universidad Tecnológica (Utec) have been conducting primary research in El Salvador. The objective has been to study root causes of Salvadoran migration. In September 2013, a Spanish language report was presented in San Salvador at Utec campus. The same report will be presented in Washington DC on November 2013 at the Migration Policy Institute. USCRI seeks to gain strategic insight to work on awareness and prevention campaigns utilizing media and other communication vehicles in El Salvador.
USCRI has been working with the Guatemalan government in the area of UAC. In 2012 the First Lady of Guatemala, Rosa Leal de Pérez hosted USCRI at the Guatemalan Embassy in Washington DC to initiate partnership efforts. USCRI continues working with the Guatemalan government to this day. The organization recently participated in the Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s conference in La Antigua Guatemala in September 2013. The event was attended by Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and the first ladies of Central America. Our CEO Lavinia Limón actively led and participated in round tables during workshops discussing our organizations’ programs related to UAC.
USCRI is collaborating with the Honduran government and nonprofit organizations on Human Trafficking. Our organization has traveled to the country to strengthen collaboration with the Office of the First Lady Rosa Elena de Lobo and the Minister of Justice and Human Rights Ana Pineda. We recently hosted Minister Pineda at our Office to work on plans to address human rights issues with immigrants. We recently traveled to Honduras to personally meet with other government officials, nonprofits and the First Lady Rosa Elena the Lobo who is currently championing the enforcement of the new Human Trafficking law passed by the Honduran congress in 2012.
We began working with former First lady of Mexico Margarita Zavala since April 2012 when we hosted “On Their Own,” a conference about UAC. Mrs Zavala and the First Ladies of Central America attended the conference. USCRI has also facilitated workshops and special migration trainings in Tapachula and Mexico DF.
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has provided leadership for more than a century to protect the rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide. The organization advances humane and public policy, facilitates and provides direct professional services and promotes the full participation of migrants in community life. Learn more at www.refugees.org