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MADE Americas News
January - July 2016

 
Welcome to MADE Americas!
 
The MADE Americas programme, active since January 2014, has contributed to the strengthening of civil society networks and their advocacy activities surrounding migration and development policies within the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
MADE Americas is a regional branch of the global Migration and Development Civil Society Network (MADE). The Scalabrini International Migration Network - SIMN, through the Scalabrini Foundation (Fundación Scalabrini) and the International Network of Migration and Development (Red Internacional de Migración y Desarrollo – RIMD), have been working and participating together in the activities presented in this newsletter. 
 

Editorial: Important events in this first half of the year 2016

 
At the national level, the implementation in Chile of the Consultative Council on Migration represented an important achievement for Chilean civil society representation and its participation in the creation of the new Migration Bill. In the Dominican Republic, important progress on the documentation of migrants and their descendants was achieved in the fourth National Multi-Stakeholder Meeting organized by the Scalabrini Foundation on 1 June 2016.
 
At the regional level and as part of the MADE advocacy activities, the International Network for Migration and Development in Mexico released its regional report named Avoiding the “trap”: Linking the Global with the National, and the Non-Binding with the Binding, which details the progress achieved in implementing the agreements of the MADE Americas Regional Meeting, which took place in September 2015.
Another important regional event of this semester was the consultation process for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative, a process managed by governments, which seeks to improve the ability of States and other relevant stakeholders to increase the protection and decrease the vulnerability of migrants affected by crisis situations.
Finally, the Scalabrini Foundation visited the San Pedro Sula region in Honduras, where the Comisión de Acción Social Menonita (CASM) implemented the project Gobiernos Locales Incorporando Acciones de Prevención y Reinserción de Migrantes with the support of the MADE Pilot Fund received by the organization in 2015. The project follow-up is an initiative proposed by the Scalabrini Foundation, who went into the field to gather testimonies and experiences from the local governments and civil society organizations of the region, with the objective of evaluating and showing the impact of the activities included in CASM’s project.
 

Implementation of the Chilean Consultative Council on Migrations

 
The Scalabrini Foundation, through the Instituto Católico Chileno de Migración (INCAMI) in Santiago de Chile, is participating in the new Chilean Consultative Council on Migrations of the Migration Department (DEM) of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This Council is a new structure proposed by the Government and is composed of civil society organizations that work in migration, such as the Scalabrini Foundation and the Jesuit Migrants Service, as well as migrant associations. Its main objective is to create a permanent space for civil society’s participation on issues relating to migration, through the citizens’ participation in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies. The Council applies a multicultural perspective against discrimination for reasons of race or culture, celebrates and acknowledging cultural diversity and the right to it, implementes affirmative actions and disseminates numbers and data that secure the migrants’ participation and power of decision. The Council had its first meeting on 16 May 2016 and will aim to have one every month.

More information (in Spanish)
 

National Multi-Stakeholder Meeting, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 

The Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) through the Scalabrini Foundation, the Jesuit Migrant Service and the Asociación Scalabriniana al Servicio de la Movilidad Humana (ASCALA) held on 1 June in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the National Meeting “Migración y Ciudadanía, Realidad y Desafíos” (Migration and Citizenship, Reality and Challenges).
The event’s objective was to formulate recommendations and identify opportunities of cooperation in the design of public policies regarding the protection of migrants and their descendants in the Dominican Republic. The multi-sectorial meeting was attended by government representatives, international organizations and members of civil society, and its main debate was focused on the human rights of the people affected by the National Migration Regularization Plan and the Law 169-14. After almost a year since the conclusion of the Regularization Plan, a general evaluation of both processes was carried out, in which the achievements and challenges that remain for the Haitian people and the Dominican descendants of Haitians was discussed. During his intervention, the lawyer Nathanael Santana mentioned the historical events that have had an influence on the current migration public policies and on the nationality restrictions applied to determined groups in the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, the Vice-minister Washington González analyzed the State’s response to the social pressure generated by the absence of a fair and honest migration process. Finally, the lawyer Noemí Méndez, legal assessor of the Movimiento Reconoci.do and Centro Bonó, spoke about the threats faced by both the State and civil society with respect to the implementation of Law 169-14 and the migration process.
 
More information on the event (in Spanish)
 

Civil Society consultations of the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) initiative, 16 February 2016, San José, Costa Rica

 
Civil society organizations of the region gathered on 16 February in San José, Costa Rica, to prepare the intervention of their representatives in the Regional Consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) initiative that took place on 17 and 18 February. The meeting was attended by Leila Marzo from the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), Colin Rajah form the Global Coalition on Migration (GCM) and Gabriela Pizarro from the Centro Internacional para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos de los Migrantes (CIDEHUM).The MICIC initiative, led by various governments, was created after the United Nations’ Second High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development that took place in New York in October 2013. Its objective is to increase the capacity of the States and other interested parties to prepare themselves and respond to the needs of migrants involved in countries in crisis, including the protection of their rights and dignity and the mitigation of suffering. The civil society consultations of 16 February had the objectives of: 1) providing orientation on the MICIC initiative and the role of civil society in it, 2) formulating recommendations for the MICIC Initiative and the regional governmental consultations, 3) developing a global strategy within the MICIC framework.
Twenty-five representatives of the region’s civil society organizations attended the meeting, among them, the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN), INMD, CAMMINA, CIDEHUM and CASM (the receiver of the Pilot Fund for Central America); and more. The results of these consultations were gathered in a document that sums up the civil society’s contribution on three main topics: 1) the most relevant crises and emergencies, 2) best practices and 3) the post-crisis context. These contributions were presented by Carol Girón of SIMN during the governments’ consultations on the following day.
 
More information on MICIC
 

Publication of the Regional Report Avoiding the “trap”: Linking the Global with the National, and the Non-Binding with the Binding by INMD

 
In September 2015, the International Network on Migration and Development (INMD) held the MADE Americas Regional Meeting, gathering 253 representatives from 22 countries to discuss 5 main themes: 1) structural causes of migration, 2) migrants social inclusion, 3) irregularities and borders; together with 2 transversal perspectives, 4) gender and women in migration and 5) migrant youth. At the end of June, INMD published the report that gathers the discussions carried out during the meeting and identifies the main threats faced by migrant people, possible approaches or solutions, organizations interested in pushing forward some related actions, and relevant international and/or regional spaces to do so.
The report is called Avoiding the “trap”: Linking the Global with the National, and the Non-Binding with the Binding. It demonstrates how diverse networks have achieved some progress with the implementation of the agreements established during the Regional Meeting. It also shows the generated alliances with ONU Women-Mexico in connection to commitments of States in the binding processes, such as the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and their Families (CMW). With this report, INMD seeks to show how we can connect the discussions in non-binding processes, such as the Regional Conference on Migrations (RCM) and the South American Conference on Migrations (SCM), with the objective of setting new work methods that provide more impact in the defense and protection of the rights of the migrant persons, families and communities in Mexico, the region and the world. The report and the corresponding video were officially released during the MADE Americas webinar on 30 June, 2016.
 
Read the complete report
 

MADE Pilot Fund Follow-Up, 3-10 June 2016, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

 
The MADE Pilot Fund for the Americas, started in 2015 by two organizations in Central America, has as its main objective the provision of fund to organizations that work on migration issues, so as to develop national advocacy projects. The selected projects for the Americas were the ones proposed by Centro Internacional para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos de los Migrantes (CIDEHUM) of San José, Costa Rica, and the Comisión de Acción Social Menonita (CASM) of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Field visits have been carried out so as to follow up on the implementation of the project “Local governments implementing preventive actions and the reintegration of migrants” and evaluate the impact of the advocacy efforts led by CASM. Between 3 and 10 June, Gabrielle Parenteau from the Scalabrini Foundation visited 6 municipalities of the Valle de Sula to conduct interviews and collect information, testimonies and experiences from the local governments and civil society representatives on the results brought by CASM’s project in the region, which was concluded by a “Letter of Commitment” signed by 8 local authorities and 10 civil society representatives. The Letter formulates the basis of the collaboration between the different stakeholders and describes the cooperation areas between the authorities and the civil society. Stay tuned for the complete report to be released in August!

Read the full article (in Spanish)
 
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MADE activities are currently coordinated by seven civil society organisations and networks in Asia (Migrant Forum in Asia), Africa (Caritas Senegal), the Americas (Fundación Scalabrini with assistance from the Scalabrini International Migration Network and International Network for Migration and Development) and Europe (AFFORD UK, Cordaid and ICMC Europe).

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