El Salvador

Best Practice:Strengthening institutional capacities for the prevention of violence against women, trafficking and femicide in Central America

IOM, carried out an initiative to straitening the institutional capacities in the prevention and response to violence against women, trafficking and femicide at Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Consolidating regional coordination efforts to stablishing dialogue and decision-making spaces, articulating the inter-institutional work formed by the National Commissions.

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Western Hemisphere Program (WHP) held technical working sessions between cross-border and local networks in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to strengthen capacities, socialize best practices and identify challenges in to assist and protect migrant population during migration crises.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, El Salvador and Honduras were affected by hurricanes and tropical storms, affecting migrants and internally displaced populations in temporary emergency shelters. Both missions worked together to provide adequate living conditions in temporary shelters , promoting their access to their rights in line with minimal humanitarian standards while advocating measures to prevent the COVID-19 contagion.

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Strengthening institutional capacities

This systematization demonstrates IOM El Salvador’s experience in strengthening institutional capacities in the municipalities of Zacatecoluca, Usulután, San Miguel, Mejicanos.

In order to strengthen assistance in the reintegration process of returning migrants, a Municipal Office for Assistance to Migrants and their Families was created, in addition to carrying out activities such as: a strategy of return and community reintegration, a situational diagnosis of the municipality, training plans and social infrastructure projects.

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Seed Capital

This systematization gathers the experience of IOM El Salvador through the implementation of an initiative linked to the return and reintegration of migrants. Seed Capital consists of an intervention to donate goods, materials, money and supplies in order to encourage the start of a new, innovative, and entrepreneurial business activity.

This project was intended to provide economic support for migrants during their process of returning to their communities by promoting transformation in their environments to support their reintegration.

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