Dominican Republic, IOM, ILO Work Together for Formalization of Migrant Workers

Date Publish: 
09/28/2018

Santo Domingo — The Social Security Treasury (SST) of the Dominican Republic opened a training centre for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) this Wednesday (26/09) with the objective of providing employers with tools for the registration and formalization of Dominican and foreign workers.

Social Security Treasurer Henry Sahdalá, IOM Regional Director Marcelo Pisani, and ILO Socio-Labour Compliance Officer Katherine Martínez presided over the opening ceremony.

Pisani highlighted the vital contribution of migrants to sustainable development and welcomed the efforts carried out by Dominican officials to regularize the migration status of about 200,000 foreigners connected to national production over the last seven years, as well as promoting access to the social security, health, and retirement system with equal opportunities.

“Small and medium enterprises are the biggest drivers of employment in Latin America. Their role to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda such as decent employment and a safe, regular and orderly migration are essential,” affirmed Pisani. “The centre is an important initiative to improve the linkages of migrant workers and offer them greater protection in risk situations.”

At the launch of the training centre, located at the Centre of Assistance for Employers in Plaza Naco, the Social Security Treasurer, Henry Sahdalá, thanked IOM for the donation of the room with a capacity for 30 people and equipped with modern technology to facilitate learning.

Initially, the centre will train trainers who will become teachers for other people who cannot visit the city to receive face-to-face courses at the SST. This model of work will allow trainers to replicate and promote knowledge in a more effective manner.

With the support of IOM, nearly 30 thousand foreign workers who were part of the National Regularization Plan for irregular migrants and their dependents in the Dominican Republic have been registered by their employers to the Dominican Social Security since 2017. This is a significant step towards social cohesion and the successful integration of migrants into society.

For more information, please contact:
Alicia Sangro at IOM Santo Domingo, Tel: +1 809 688 81 74, Email: asangro@iom.int
Jorge Gallo at the IOM Regional Office in San Jose; Tel: +506 22125352, Email: jgallo@iom.int

 

Tags: 
migración, Centroamérica

IOM and C&A Foundation strengthen prevention of trafficking in persons in Mexico

Date Publish: 
02 / 12 / 2019

Mexico City - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the C&A Foundation, affiliated with the international clothing brand of the same name, will train members of industrial chambers, public officials and members of civil society from the state of Puebla.

This public-private alliance seeks to strengthen the mechanisms of intersectoral coordination and the capacities of the government, civil society and the private sector of the state of Puebla to prevent, detect and assist victims of human trafficking, forced labour and child labour. The project will seek to achieve this objective through theoretical-practical workshops and working groups.

According to the State Ministry of Welfare, Puebla is lagging behind other states in terms of social development, with 59.5% of its population in poverty. This, coupled with the poor regulation and supervision by labour authorities and the normalization of precarious labour conditions, allows for the proliferation of trafficking in persons for the purpose of labour exploitation, forced labour and child labour.

“Given the problem of trafficking in persons in Mexico, IOM faces this challenge by promoting the link between the public and private sectors to generate coordination mechanisms aimed at establishing actions for the benefit of providing social integration and assistance to victims of trafficking,” said Christopher Gascon, Head of Mission of IOM Mexico.

For his part, Stephen Birtwistle, Manager of the Labour Rights Program at Fundación C&A, said that “Mexico is going through a historic moment of renewing its rights. However, there are still many challenges. It is imperative to equip all key actors with the necessary skills to identify, eradicate and prevent forced labour in the apparel industry in Mexico. It is essential to add the voices of the public, private and civil society sectors, and we believe that this will mean the success of this initiative to combat labour exploitation in the industry”.

The C&A Foundation is present in eight countries collaborating on projects with more than 300 non-governmental organizations on five programs.

For more information contact Vanessa Foronda, IOM Mexico, email: vforonda@iom.int, Tel: +55 5536 3922 Ext. 107, or the Communication & Media team of IOM Mexico, Email: iommexicocomunica@iom.int, Tel: +55 5536 3922 Ext. 119.