Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras debut their IOMX communication for development campaigns in August

Date Publish: 
08/08/2019

In August 2019, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras will present their campaigns “Migrar informados” (“Migrating informed”), “Ponele plan a tu vida” (“Plan your life”), and “Echale ganas” (“Go for it”) which have been created through participatory communication for development processes.  These campaigns were developed based on the results of over 1,500 interviews, coordination spaces with over 70 local partners, and participatory validation by the target audience. 

“These are not only communication campaigns, they are the result of a valuable participative, community, and capacity-building process. The focus has always been on understanding the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of the target audience in order to promote real social change, through a set of creative, digital tools that are also community-focused and personalized,” stated Tatiana Chacón Salazar, Communication for Development Specialist for IOM. 

In Mexico, the results showed that 97% of migrants in transit would make a great effort to obtain the documents to regularize their residence in the country, but 59% do not know which documents they need. Additionally, 49% of people mentioned not knowing where to look for information about migrating regularly. 

In response to these needs, the campaign “Migrar Informados” in Mexico aims to raise awareness among Central American migrants in transit about means of migration regularization in Mexico and its benefits. The campaign will debut with a series of videos called “Las verdades de un impostor” (“Signs of an impostor”) with participation from actor Guillermo Esquivias. 

In Guatemala, the initial research showed that a large proportion of people would make an effort to obtain documents to migrate regularly, and that over 60% would visit an information center.  Additionally, although the majority was not aware of opportunities for development, education, employment, and entrepreneurship in their communities, over 59% of people would be willing to get involved in these opportunities as an alternative to irregular migration.  

The goal of the campaigns “Ponele plan a tu vida” in Honduras and “Echale ganas” in Guatemala is for young people to reflect on their life plans, and consider alternatives to irregular migration, such as regular migration and local development opportunities.  

 As part of “Ponele plan a tu vida,” a videoclip called “Derribando muros” (“Breaking down walls”) will be released, featuring a rap based on true stories of young people from Cofradía, San Pedro Sula. The videoclip will include the participation of the young singers Mayki Graff and Zetha Urban.   

For its part, in Guatemala, “Echale ganas” will present various videos. The main feature will be “Mi Camino” (“My Journey”), which shows short stories about young people who are overcoming obstacles to build their futures. All participants in the videos are young people who are already part of the local opportunities that are being highlighted in the campaign.  

These campaigns are being supported at the local level by a network of information points, which are different organizations and institutions trained by IOM and government counterparts. They will be able to provide personalized information about regular migration and/or local development opportunities.  

Information about these campaigns is available at https://migrantinfo.iom.int/es [Spanish only], and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as @enlacolmena.  

For more information, contact Tatiana Chacón, Communication for Development Specialist of the Regional Migration Program: Mesoamerica - The Caribbean: tchacon@iom.int 

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c4d, iomx, comunicación, campañas, prevención, información, desarrollo

Launch of Online Course ‘Counter Trafficking in Humanitarian Settings’

Date Publish: 
29 / 07 / 2020

Trafficking in persons is one of the most overlooked protection issues in emergency settings. It is often understood as a pre-existing issue that remains constant, regardless of outbreaks of conflict or natural disaster. However, disasters provide the perfect opportunity for traffickers to recruit victims to exploit.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) works alongside governments and humanitarian partners to address the essential pillars of counter-trafficking responses: prevention, protection and prosecution. The IOM has launched a free online training course on Countering Human Trafficking in Humanitarian Settings on E-Campus online learning tool, in coordination with the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

This course is designed for humanitarian personnel which can include government entities, UN agencies, international and local NGOs. It is aimed at those already working in the humanitarian sector but who may be less familiar with the design and implementation of anti-trafficking interventions in emergency contexts.

The 11-module training is free of charge and provides an overview of the increased risks of human trafficking during situations of conflict, instability, natural disaster, and displacement. The course is available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish on IOM’s E-Campus website.

The E-campus online learning tool has a range of courses that are facilitated by experts and specialized institutions, with content covering diverse topics such as migration management, attention to migrants in conditions of vulnerability, LGBTI migrant populations, counter trafficking and labour migration, among others. Most courses can be completed within three to five hours, with an IOM E-Campus certificate awarded at the end.  

For more information, please contact Jorge Gallo at IOM Regional Office for Central America, North America and the Caribbean.

 

Source: https://www.iom.int/news/iom-launches-online-course-counter-trafficking-humanitarian-settings