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

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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:, Tel: +55 5536 3922 Ext. 107, or the Communication & Media team of IOM Mexico, Email:, Tel: +55 5536 3922 Ext. 119.

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IOM, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg sign regional project for migrant women

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28 / 11 / 2019

Managua. In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, November 25, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed a project to promote the inclusion of measures to protect migrant women and prevent gender-based violence in public policies in Central America and the Dominican Republic.

This regional project reaffirms the commitment and efforts of IOM and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to continue working for the protection of women, especially those in migratory contexts.

“This project is very interesting as it is aligned with three of the baselines of our partnership - support for projects that respond to a regional problem; migration, a very important issue not only for our partnership but for all our foreign policy; and gender, which allows us to focus through this project on migrant women, given that among the people who migrate, women are the most vulnerable” said Joe Geisbusch, chargé d'affaires a.i. at the Luxembourg Embassy in Nicaragua.

“Women represent approximately 53 percent of the total Central American intra-regional migrant population, according to a study we undertook on 2018” said Paola Zepeda, Head of Office at IOM Nicaragua. “The migration of women is caused by many factors and the lack of documentation and irregular migratory situation of most migrant women in transit through Central America makes it difficult to provide access to information, assistance and due processes and therefore guarantee their fundamental rights”, explained Zepeda.

Among the results of the project, it is expected to strengthen coordination between different regional bodies, promote authorities’ and social actors’ awareness of violence that affects migrant women at the regional level and improve comprehensive support during the psycho-socio-economic reintegration of migrant women and their families.

Included as part of the project, the II Regional Congress on Women in Migratory Contexts - “Women in Migration: Gender, Human Rights and Empowerment” will be held, in San José, Costa Rica from December 3 to the 5, 2019, with the support of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM). The event will be broadcast live and the promotional video can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 5, specifically SDG 5.2 related to eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.

For more info please contact Anabell Cruz at IOM Nicaragua, Email:, Tel: +505 8285 6049