IOM Strengthens Honduran Consular Network to Aid Migrants in Mexico
Honduras - IOM has organized a training for representatives of the Honduran consular network in Mexico on mechanisms to identify and assist vulnerable migrants.
The workshop: The role of Honduran consulates in protecting migrants in Mexico, was designed to optimize services that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (SRECI) offers to Hondurans who live in Mexico or pass through to the country, particularly those who are at risk.
The three-day training sessions covered topics including protection of human trafficking victims; risk assessment; and international policy of the rights of migrants.
IOM also delivered 14 computers and seven printers to the Under-Secretary of Consular Affairs and Migration to optimize information transfer between the Honduran Foreign Ministry, embassies, and consulates in Mexico. The equipment will allow them to document human rights violations and identify migrants who require special support.
According to data obtained by the Consular Observatory Network and Honduras Migration (CONMIGHO), some 39,465 migrants have returned home from Mexico this year. Of these 1,786 returned by air and 37,679 by land.
The initiative is part of a project to strengthen the Honduran consular system funded by the IOM Development Fund.