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IOM Supports Response to Human Trafficking and Gender-Based Violence in Trinidad and Tobago

05 / 05 / 2020

Port of Spain – Let's call her Amanda. Her real identity must be protected.   

Amanda left Venezuela to seek work opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago. Someone recruited her for a job in prostitution, but after a few days, they denied her freedom of movement, subdued her through physical abuse, withheld her wages, and forced her to work extremely long hours.   



IOM, USAID Deliver 15,000 COVID-19 Tests to Honduras

05 / 05 / 2020

Tegucigalpa – Since 1 March, Honduras has received returning migrants from the United States at a rate of 100 men and women per day. Thus far none have tested positive for COVID-19, yet the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been helping Honduran authorities to prepare for any sign of the contagion appearing. 



COVID-19 & Immigration Detention: What Can Governments and Other Stakeholders Do?

29 / 04 / 2020

United Nations Network on Migration 

Around the world today, we are witnessing the severe impacts of the use of migration-related detention on migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic – indefinite detention in overcrowded facilities for some, prolonged situations of irregularity and fear of detention for others, heightened risk of infection for all: migrants, staff, their families, and their communities. 



IOM Provides Humanitarian Assistance to Returnees in Honduras During the COVID-19 Emergency

24 / 04 / 2020

 

Tegucigalpa - Between March 1st and April 19th, almost 5,000 Honduran migrants have been returned to their country from the United States and Mexico. While none of the COVID-19 tests carried out upon arrival has resulted positive, the returnees must spend 14 days in quarantine centers established by the Government of Honduras to avoid the spread of the virus, following the recommendations of PAHO/WHO.



Citi, IOM Join Forces to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts in Latin America

21 / 04 / 2020

New York – Citi announced on Monday (20/04) that Citi and the Citi Foundation have selected the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as one of four partners for a new employee donation campaign called “Double the Good”. For every USD 1 donated by a Citi employee in support of COVID-19 relief, Citi will donate USD 1 to assist IOM’s response in Latin America. 



IOM, Panamá Prepare COVID-19 Response for 2,500 Migrants Stranded at Borders

17 / 04 / 2020

Panamá City—Panamá not only links two continents—North and South America—it also connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific, making the small country a key link in world migration going back centuries.  

Presently, Panamá receives annually close to 25,000 so called “extra continental” migrants, almost all bound for the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s about 2,000 migrants per month—men, women and children entering mostly via the dense, Darién Gap wilderness that serves as the border between Panamá and Colombia. 



IOM Launches Social Media Campaign in Mexico to Prevent Discrimination During the COVID-19 Pandemic

14 / 04 / 2020

Mexico City – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a campaign in Mexico through social networks with the aim of sensitizing citizens about the importance of avoiding xenophobia and hate speech towards migrants during the COVID-19 emergency. IOM also urges the rights of all migrants be respected.   



IOM Releases Guidance for Employers and Businesses on Protection of Migrant Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis

07 / 04 / 2020

Geneva – The private sector, governments and other stakeholders must protect the rights and well-being of the estimated 164 million international migrant workers and their communities around the world, as the number of COVID-19 cases passed 1.3 million, says IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino. 

“Many of these employers provide essential care, services and goods and, in doing so, rely heavily on their migrant workforce," Vitorino said Tuesday on the release of a set of recommendations to enhance business’ response to the pandemic. 



IOM, UNAOC Launch 2020 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival Call for Submissions with New Award Categories

03 / 04 / 2020

New York – This year brings the twelfth edition of the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, a joint initiative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).  

Today, as the two partners announce their 2020 call for video submissions, IOM and UNAOC also announce the creation of two new award categories for the festival, as well as drawing attention to this event’s importance in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.